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Naturalist in Indian Territory: The Journals of S. W. Woodhouse, 1849-50.

WOODHOUSE, S. W.

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ISBN 10: 0806124768 / ISBN 13: 9780806124766
Editorial: University of Oklahoma Press,, Norman:, 1992
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Edited by John S. Tomer and Michael J. Brodhead. First printing. Review copy with slip laid in. Fine in a fine dust jacket. N° de ref. de la librería 78817

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Título: Naturalist in Indian Territory: The Journals...

Editorial: University of Oklahoma Press,, Norman:

Año de publicación: 1992

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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As the United States began to look westward after the Louisiana Purchase, its official government exploring parties increasingly included scientists who were sent to study the natural history of the new lands. In the spring of 1849, young Philadelphia physician S. W. Woodhouse, an avid ornithologist, became one of these fortunate pioneering scientists when he was appointed surgeon-naturalist of two expeditions to survey the Creek-Cherokee boundary in Indian Territory. Woodhouse served on both expeditions of the survey, the first in 1849 under Capt. Lorenzo Sitgreaves and the second under Lt. Israel Carle Woodruff in 1850.
Throughout the expeditions, Woodhouse, a keen observer of frontier life and society, wrote down his impressions of the places he passed, as well as offering his physician's-eye view of the lives of ordinary people. His three diaries are also a valuable record of early Indian Territory personalities such as the McIntoshes and the Perrymans of the Creek Indians; Elijah Hicks of the Cherokees; Tallee and Clermont III of the Osages; and Oh-ha-wah-kee of the Comanches.
The journals also contain a rare early view of Oklahoma wildlife: the swallow-tailed kite and the ivory-billed woodpecker in the dense forests along the Grand, Verdigris, and Arkansas rivers, and elk, bison, and the common raven on the wide western plains. Woodhouse's journals and the detailed reports of his work in Indian Territory resulted in the discovery of fifteen new forms of animals, including one freshwater mussel, seven beetles, five snakes, one bird, and one mammal.
This presentation of the long-over-looked Indian Territory journals, along with a detailed introduction and clarifying notes, reveals Woodhouse as a more important early government naturalist than has previously been recognized. A Naturalist in Indian Territory will be particularly valuable to historians of Indian Territory and to biologists of this region.

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