J. Alden Mason
The focus of his research was on various indigenous cultures from North, Central and South America.
Mason grew up in Philadelphia's Germantown . He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1907 and his doctorate in 1911 from the University of California, Berkeley . His dissertation was an ethnographic study of the Salinan , an Indian tribe in California . He was also the author of a number of linguistic studies including a study of the Pima languages. His later ethnographic work also included studies of the Tepehuán (Mexico) as well as the collection of evidence of the oral culture of the Arawak , the African American and the early Spanish colonial days in Puerto Rico .
In 1952 he toured Peru . He wrote his main work about ancient Peru: The Ancient Civilizations of Peru (German under the title: Das alten Peru: Eine Indianische Hochkultur. )
- The ethnology of the Salinan Indians. Berkeley, The University Press, 1912 (University of California Publ. In: American Archeology & Ethnology. 10/4; pp. 97-240; plts. 21-37).
The Ancient Civilizations of Peru. Harmondsworth et al. a. : Penguin Books, 1957
- German under the title: The old Peru: An Indian high culture. By Ferdinand Anton. Transfer from d. Engl. By Hannes WA Schoeller, Magnus cultural history. Essen: Magnus-Verlag 1975 (first in Kindler's cultural history )
- Notes on the Indians of the Great Slave Lake area. New Haven: Yale University Press [et. a.], 1946 (Yale University Publications in anthropology 34)
- with George Agogino: The Ceremonialism Of The Tepecan. Eastern New Mexico Univ. 1972
- Nicolás Kanellos (Ed.): Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States: Literatur and Art . Univ. of Houston 1993, pp. 235 f.
|SURNAME||Mason, J. Alden|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Mason, John Alden (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American archaeologist, anthropologist, and linguist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1885|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Orland , Indiana|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 7, 1967|