The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912

Book Reviews and Notices

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES
Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Edited by
Frederick Webb Hodge. (Bulletin 30, Bureau of American Eth-
nology.) Part I, A-M, p. ix+972, with Map; Part II, N-Z, p.
iv-4-1221. 2 vols., 8vo. Illustrated. Washington: Government
Printing Office, 1907 and 1910.
The appearance of this work marks an epoch in the study of
the North American Indian. The knowledge which has been col-
lected by numerous students and investigators during several de-
cades, as well as the notes and observations of explorers, travel-
ers, etc., are here summarized and compressed into two volumes.
The work is encyclopedic in character and treatment; it "contains
a descriptive list of the stocks, confederacies, tribes, tribal divi-
sions, and settlements north of Mexico, accompanied with the vari-
ous names by which these have been known, together with biogra-
phies of Indians of note, sketches of their history, archaeology,
manners, arts, customs, and institutions, and the aboriginal words
incorporated into the English language." The various topics are
treated in brief articles arranged in alphabetical order. To many
of the articles are appended brief bibliographies. The map shows
the location of the various linguistic families of American Indians.
This brief notice of the general character of the work must
suffice in order that more particular attention may be given to the
treatment of those topics dealing with the tribes formerly resident
within the limits of what is now Texas. 'The editor in his preface
to the work states that "the lack of completeness of our present
knowledge of the tribes was, perhaps, never better shown than
when an attempt was made to carry out the enlarged plan of the
Handbook." These words, although not intended for any particu-
lar State, nevertheless express precisely the impression resulting
from an examination of the data for Texas tribes presented in
Part I. Part I contains about 140 entries dealing with Texas
tribes; most of the entries are brief-seven or eight lines of a two-
column octavo page. If all the Texas data in Part I were grouped
together they would, perhaps, cover less than forty pages. Brevity
is not the only fault; the data have been gleaned from such records
as have appeared in print, chiefly in English and French; manu-

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