Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book and Media Notes

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Book and Media Notes

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Golden dreams lured William R. Goulding into exchanging a successful career crafting surgical instruments for the hardships of overland travel to the California mines in 1849. A highly educated man, Goulding kept a detailed journal of his travels, which led him from New York City to Napoleon ("a small, mean, dirty place with a mighty name") and up the Arkansas River to Fort Smith, the starting point for the southern trail to California. This route followed the Canadian River across the high plains to Santa Fe and from there traversed the deserts of Arizona to the Sierras and the gold fields. California Odyssey: An Overland Journey on the Southern Trails, 1849 brings Goulding's journals to print. Annotated by Patricia Etter and with a foreword by Howard R. Lamar, the book tells the story of one argonaut's experiences, with rich descriptions of the flora, fauna, and people encountered en route. Published by the Arthur H. Clark Company, an imprint of the University of Oklahoma Press, the book sells for $45.00, cloth. You can contact the press at 2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069; (800) 627-7377; www.ahclark.com.

Northeast Arkansas, along with Pemiscot County in the Missouri bootheel, is the heartland of an American Indian pottery style known simply as the headpot tradition, because the pots are shaped in the form of human heads. Arkansan James F. Cherry has spent over twenty-five years compiling an unrivaled collection of photographs of these headpots from museums and private holdings around the country. The Headpots of Northeast Arkansas and Southern Pemiscot County, Missouri is an exhaustive compilation that, in addition to the outstanding collection of photographs, offers information and history about each piece. Though historians and archaeologists have not arrived at a consensus about the meaning of the headpots, all will agree that this is an important book. Featuring 828 color photographs and 232 illustrations, it is available for $59.95 (cloth) from the University of Arkansas Press. …

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