By Regna Darnell
An exam of Americanist anthropology, in response to Boasian and Powellist rules and centering at the center of the continuity throughout paradigm transition.
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Extra info for And Along Came Boas: Continuity and Revolution in Americanist Anthropology
The Bureau was not, of course, the only institution to face such censorship; as late as 1909, Sapir's Wishram texts were published by the Boas-dominated American Ethnological Society with passages in Latin to avoid scandalizing readers. Occasional differences of opinion among Bureau staff were d o w n played. Powell wanted peace at all costs. ]. There is not very m u c h in the paper which seems to be wrong but there is a theory at the bottom of it which will lead you astray and put you in antagonism with many good workers and able m e n in America.
Dupree's history of government science 28 Chapter 2 in America depicts Powell as a symbol of the n e w government science, mentioning ethnology only incidentally. "As Powell gained m o m e n t u m , his path increasingly conformed to that of the head of the ideal n e w scientific bureau" (Dupree 1957:211). Powell's biographers have stressed his Colorado explorations (Goetzman 1966, M e a d o w s 1952, Slotkin 1974, Stegner 1954, Terrell 1969) and his political career (Darrah 1951), rather than his role in the Bureau (cf.
B y 1902, these included the Medical Society, the Chemical Society, the Entomological Society, the National Geographic Society, the Geological Society, the Columbia Historical Society, the Society of Foresters, the Botanical Society, the W a s h ington Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (Lamb 1906:564). Each of these was associated with the Washington A c a d e m y of Sciences which functioned on the local level as did the American Association for the Advancement of Science ( A A A S ) on the national level.
And Along Came Boas: Continuity and Revolution in Americanist Anthropology by Regna Darnell