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By Lewis Henry Morgan

Lewis Henry Morgan studied the yankee Indian lifestyle and picked up a massive volume of genuine fabric at the background of primitive-communal society. the entire conclusions he attracts are in line with those evidence; the place he lacks them, he purposes again at the foundation of the knowledge on hand to him. He made up our minds the periodization of primitive society through linking all the classes with the advance of creation suggestions. The “great series of innovations and discoveries;” and the historical past of associations, with every one of its 3 branches — kin, estate and executive — represent the development made via human society from its earliest levels to the start of civilization. Mankind received this growth via 'the slow evolution in their psychological and ethical powers via event, and in their protracted fight with opposing stumbling blocks whereas successful their option to civilization.'

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Their institutions were likewise pure and homogeneous, and their experience stands directly connected with the final achievement of civilization. Commencing, then, with the Australians and Polynesians, following with the American Indian tribes, and concluding with the Roman and Grecian, who afford the highest exemplifications respectively of the six great stages of human progress, the sum of their united experiences may be supposed fairly to represent that of the human family from the Middle Status of savagery to the end of ancient civilization.

1814, p. 503. Mr. n Indian houses on Vancouver's Island. "Naturalist $n British, Columbia/' I, 169. ETHNICAL PERIODS 15 ground cavities lined with skin, the boiling being effected with heated stones. 1 Whether the pottery of the aborigines was hardened by fire or cured by the simple process of drying, has been made a question. Prof E. T. " He remarks further, that "all the pottery belonging to the mound-builders' age, which I have seen, is composed of alluvial clay and sand, or a mixture of the former with pulverized freshwater shells.

Another advantage of fixing definite ethnical periods is the direction of special investigation to those tribes and nations which afford the best exemplification of each status, with the view of making each both standard and illustrative. Some tribes and families have been left in geographical isolation to work out the problems of progress by original mental effort; and have, consequently, retained their arts and institutions pure and homogene" ous; while those of other tribes and nations have been adulterated through external influence.

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