[RUSSIAN COLLECTION OF NATIVE AMERICAN OBJECTS] Otdel Severnoi Ameriki: Putevoditel' po Muzeyu antropologii i etnografii [i.e. North America Department. Guide to Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography]
Leningrad: Izd-vo Akad. nauk SSSR, 1929. Item #98
102,  pp.: ill., 1 map. 20х14 cm. In original publisher's wrappers. Some browning of the wrappers, chipped crown, closed tear of the front cover and tears of the lower spine and extremities. Otherwise a very good clean copy. 1 of 1500 copies.
Introduction of the book gives a short characteristic of North America, e.g. origin of aborigines, their languages, culture, economy, clothing, weapons, religion and ceremonies, secret societies, sacrifices, tattoos, social life of American indians, games, calendars etc. Also introduction includes a classification of North American aborigines of nine groups. The most fully represented of these groups in the museum are north-west indigenous people (Tlingits), aborigines of Central California, the Aleut people and Eskimos.
The guide consists of twelve parts, almost each of them is dedicated to a group of indigenous people. There are Subarctic or Canadian Native Americans, Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, Natives of California and Oregon, South-West and South-East Native Americans, Plains Indians, Forest Indians, Western, Central, Greenland, Polar Eskimos and Aleuts. Each department includes descriptions of all objects and their place in the museum. The main part of the guide is followed by Index of the tribes and Subject index. Illustrations represent different Native Americans and their looks. Ethnographical map gives an idea about borders of their cultural areas.
American department of Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (of Russian Academy of Sciences) was created in the beginning of the 20th century. It was headed by professor Leo Shternberg (1861-1927; the guide was compiled by his widow Sarra Shternberg). Collection on American natives was started in the first half of 18th century but the most active replenishment of the collection has begun in the second half with the start of Russian exploration and colonization of Alaska and Aleutian islands.
WorldCat locates two copies in Denmark and one in Harvard, USA.