James Mooney, U.S. Ethnologist: A Biography

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Details the life and career of James Mooney (1861-1921), an ethnologist for the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology from 1885 to 1921, who studied the Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Cherokee tribes. Discusses his role in United States National Museum exhibits on American Indians and his ambivalent attitude towards assimilation versus preservation of Indian culture.


  • Mooney, James
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States National Museum


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