Increased Interest in Ethnology of Indians

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There is a growing interest in the study of ethnology in the country and in the formation of collections of the arts and other remains of American aborigines found in mounds and other excavations. The Smithsonian Institution has sent out a request for gifts and loans of such materials, and in 1863, began a project under the direction of Professor Matile, to prepare a series of molds from which casts are made for distribution and exchange. As of 1864, this project was temporarily suspended.


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1864. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1865, p. 24-25.

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