Primitive Arts and Crafts: An Introduction to the Study of Material Culture

Primitive Arts and Crafts: An Introduction to the Study of Material Culture

Primitive Arts and Crafts: An Introduction to the Study of Material Culture

Primitive Arts and Crafts: An Introduction to the Study of Material Culture

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This book contains the material of lectures delivered by the author, in the early 1930's, in the University of Cambridge. The object of the lectures was to introduce to students, who were preparing themselves for degree examinations, some of the principles that can be seen to operate in the invention, variation, diffusion, and general evolution of human artifacts. A description of the numerous kinds of houses, clothes, utensils, and implements, and of the ways in which people have cultivated the land, cooked their food, killed or trapped wild animals, etc. would require several large volumes.

It is hoped that the book will be of interest to the general reader. If we look around us, we may see many manifestations of the principles mentioned here; simple objects, for example, such as scythes, bill-hooks, or small boats, still occur in local varieties which are adapted to local resources and traditions.

If there has been any marked change during the last thirty years in such studies as are mentioned here, it has probably been the greater attention that has been paid to our own traditional cultures, as distinguished from those of pre-literate peoples. In the realm of folk life study, or European ethnology, a lot of very interesting work has been done in the British Isles and in other parts of Europe, which well deserves our careful attention.

R. U. Sayce Welshpool, Montgomeryshire England . . .

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