National Anthropological Archives

MS 308 Eskimo fables; rough notes

Collection ID:
Turner, J. Henry
Edmonds, Harry M. W.
Physical Description:
90 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The volume is unsigned. It contains an ink stamp of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Archives, and was probably written by J. H. Turner, an observer for the U. S. C. and G. S. who wintered at Tat-chek village, 1890-91. The name "Edmonds" appears on the 3rd page from the back; the context is not clear, but it may refer to Assistant Astronomer Harry W. Edmonds, Turner's colleague. Other members of the party were H. N. Kieraulff, physician; Gustav Bergmann, foreman; John Meade, assitant foreman; William Rundquist, cook; and W. E. Lindgard, C. P. Harkort, Otto Polte, and E. Engelstad, laborers. --U. S. C. and G. S., Report for 1891, part 1, Washington, 1892, page 89. The volume is ascribed to J. H. Turner on the basis of the above information, first noted by Mrs. Ray in U.S.N.A. At the end of the volume are brief notes in two other handwritings, one headed "Futurity" (beliefs about afterlife), 4 pages, and one giving Eskimo expressions or songs, 1 page.

Existence and Location of Copies
Negative microfilm on file.

Using the Collection
Manuscript 308, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 308

Local Note
Local Note
Letter of J. Henry Turner to Professor T. C. Mendenhall, Supt., U.S.C. and G.S., Washington, September 6, 1890, located in U.S. National Archives by Mrs. Ray (5/67) appears to be in same handwriting as main part of volume. Pages at end of volume seem to be in same hand as letters of Harry M. W. Edmonds to the Supt., U.S.C. and G.S., August 19, 1901 seen by Mrs. Ray in U.S.N.A.

An edited version of the tales recorded by Turner and a verbatim transcription of the four pages recorded by Edwards and headed "Futurity" have been published by Dorothy Jean Ray as "St Michael Eskimo Myths and Tales Collected by J. Henry Turner and H.M.W. Edmonds," Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska, Volume 14, Number 1, 1968, pages 43-83. A reprint is filed with the manuscript.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Folklore -- Eskimo Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eskimos Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arctic peoples Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Subarctic Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746