New York: Pantheon Books, 1951. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black over red buckram cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
Artist and anthropologist Maud Oakes’s landmark ethnography of a Mam village in the northwestern highlands of Guatemala. From late 1945 to early 1947 Oakes lived in Todos Santos, where she was a participant observer in the community’s artistic and spiritual practices. This account of her fieldwork focuses on a shamanistic ritual that had survived from Mayan times, and was published simultaneously with Beyond the Windy Place, which explores her effect on the community (specifically in regards to medical work she performed after a measles outbreak). Illustrated with black-and-white photos by Oakes, and drawings and reproducitons; with an introduction by American anthropologist Paul Radin, who studied under Franz Boas; with a bibliography, glossary, and index. Issued as number XXVII in the publisher's Bollingen Series. Dust jacket designed by American artist and prolific book designer E. McKnight Kauffer. Somewhat heavy chipping and edgewear to fragile price-clipped dust jacket. Good. Item #5928