Grenville Goodwin Among the Western Apache
104 pages, 6 x 9
5 b&w illustrations
Release Date:18 Oct 2016
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Grenville Goodwin Among the Western Apache

Letters from the Field

Edited by Morris E. Opler
The University of Arizona Press
Grenville Goodwin was one of the leading field anthropologists during a crucial period in American Indian research—the 1930s. His letters from the field provide original source material on Western Apache beliefs and customs. They also reveal the attitudes and methods which made him so effective in his work. A dedicated and thorough ethnographer, Goodwin became familiar with every aspect of Western Apache culture.

During this same period, Morris Opler was studying the Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache in New Mexico. In order to exchange information about their studies, Goodwin and Opler began corresponding. Both men were convinced that a long-overdue, systematic comparison of Apachean cultures would yield significant results.
Morris E. Opler has spent much of his long professional career researching the seven Apachean-speaking tribes of the American Southwest and southern Plains. He is well known for his contributions to anthropological theory and for his ethnographic works. He has taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of Oklahoma, and has been president of the American Anthropological Association.
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