Crania Americana

in The Skull Collectors

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226233482
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226233499 | DOI:
Crania Americana

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This chapter focuses on Samuel George Morton's meeting with William Brooks or Stumanu, a young Chinook man with an artificially flattened skull, which made him a marvelous spectacle for skull-measuring craniologists and skull-reading phrenologists. Morton was particularly interested in Brooks because he knew he could learn something from his skull and because skulls from tribes west of the Mississippi were especially rare. His meeting with Brooks was chronicled in his book “Crania Americana; or, A comparative view of the skulls of various aboriginal nations of North and South America, to which is prefixed an essay on the varieties of Human Species.”

Keywords: Samuel George Morton; William Brooks; Stumanu; flattened skull; craniologists; phrenologists; Crania Americana

Chapter.  13966 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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