[NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS]. HOUGH, Walter (author). The Moki Snake Dance. A popular account on that unparalleled dramatic pagan ceremony of the Pueblo Indians of Tusayan, Arizona, with incidental mention of their life and customs. Published by the Passenger Department Santa Fe Route. 1898.
8vo. Original colour-printed pictorial wrappers; pp. [iv], 3-58 + [ii]; printed on coated paper; with photographic illustrations throughout the text in half-tones and 2 maps; a pleasing copy with overall dust-soiling; some splitting to joint ends, upper joint vulnerable but holding, flaking to spine, and slight fraying to fore-edge of upper cover, internally clean with cracking to inner hinges stabilised with an unotrusive slim strip of archival tissue-tape, and with the neat ink stamp of the American & Australian Line to both covers.
First edition. A description of a pagan ceremony conducted by the Pueblo Indians of Tusayan, Arizona, with an account of their life and customs, by the ethnologist and archaeologist Walter Hough who worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as an assistant (1886–94), as assistant curator of ethnology (1896–1910), and then as curator from 1910 until his death in 1935. Alongside his academic and cataloguing work there he undertook archaeological fieldwork in the American South West.