John Wesley Powell
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John Wesley Powell

John Wesley Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first passage of European Americans through the Grand Canyon.Powell served as second director of the US Geological Survey (1881–1894) and proposed policies for development of the arid West which were prescient for his accurate evaluation of conditions. He was director of the Bureau of Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution, where he supported linguistic and sociological research and publications.
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Exploring the Colorado River, John Wesley Powell
John Wesley Powell
In­dian Lin­guis­tic Fam­i­lies Of Amer­ica, North Of Mex­ico / Sev­enth An­nual Re­port of the Bu­reau of Eth­nol­ogy to the / Sec­re­tary of the Smith­son­ian In­sti­tu­tion, 1885-1886, / Gov­ern­ment Print­ing Of­fice, Wash­ing­ton, 1891, pages 1-142
John Wesley Powell
Sketch of the Mythol­ogy of the North Amer­i­can In­di­ans / First An­nual Re­port of the Bu­reau of Eth­nol­ogy to the / Sec­re­tary of the Smith­son­ian In­sti­tu­tion, 1879-80, / Gov­ern­ment Print­ing Of­fice, Wash­ing­ton, 1881, pages 17-56

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