A Primitive Mexican Economy

A Primitive Mexican Economy

A Primitive Mexican Economy

A Primitive Mexican Economy

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This paper was submitted as a dissertation in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology in the Graduate Division of the University of California in December, 1941. The author wishes to express his sincere thanks to those persons who have contributed to the success of the necessary preliminary field work, and who have given many helpful suggestions in the preparation of the manuscript. The original field trip came about as the result of the suggestions of Dr. Wigberto Jimenez Moreno and Ing. Robert Weitlaner of the Museo Nacional de México, and both have contributed generously of their time and knowledge of Mexican ethnology. Dr. Alfonso Caso, Director del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia of Mexico, and the Honorable Lic. Jorge Cerdán, governor of the state of Vercruz were kind enough to supply the necessary safe conduct passes and letters of introduction, without which travel in rural Mexico is next to impossible for a foreigner. The paper was written under the guidance of Dr. A. L. Kroeber, Dr. Robert Lowie and Dr. Carl Sauer, all of the University of California, and thanks are due them for much helpful criticism. Needless to say, responsibility for the paper in its final form rests entirely with the author. Thanks are also due to Dr. M. J. Herskovits, who, although he had no direct contact with the preparation of the manuscript, did much to inspire the author's original interest in ethnology and primitive economics while an undergraduate at Northwestern University.

Finally, and most important of all, I wish to express my deep appreciation to my wife, Mary, who accompanied me on the second and longer field trip, and who stoically endured all of the hardships and inconveniences--of which there were not a few--resulting from living in a remote and primitive area. No individual who has not undergone a similar experience can fully appreciate the importance to the successful conclusion of such a project of the constant help and inspiration which comes from sharing the joys and discouragements of field work with one's wife.

Syracuse, New York

March, 1942 . . .

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