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Excerpt from The American Race: A Linguistic Classification and Ethnographic Description of the Native Tribes of North and South AmericaSo far as I know, this is the first attempt at a systematic classification of the whole American race on theMoreExcerpt from The American Race: A Linguistic Classification and Ethnographic Description of the Native Tribes of North and South AmericaSo far as I know, this is the first attempt at a systematic classification of the whole American race on the basis of language. I do not overlook Dr. Lathams meritorious effort nearly forty years ago- but the deficiency of material at that time obliged him to depart from the linguistic scheme and accept other guides.While not depreciating the value of physical data, of culture and traditional history, I have constantly placed these subordinate to relationship as indicated by grammar and lexicography. There are well-known examples in the ethnography of other races, where reliance on language alone would lead the investigator astray- but all serious students of the native American tribes are united in the opinion that with them no other clue can compare to it in general results. Consequently the Bureau of Ethnology of the United States and the similar departments in the governments of Canada and Mexico have agreed in adopting officially the linguistic classification for the aboriginal population within their several territories.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.