Marius Barbeau’s Vitalist Ethnology
by : Frances M. Slaney
Mars 2023, ISBN: 978-0-7766-3712-9
Mercury Series,History Paper 63
499 p.,79 illustrations,15 x 23 cm,Paperback (English only)
This book examines Marius Barbeau’s career at Canada’s National Museum (now the Canadian Museum of History), in light of his education at Oxford and in Paris from 1907 to 1911.
Based on archival research in England, France and Canada, Marius Barbeau’s Vitalist Ethnology presents his anthropological training at Oxford through his meticulous course notes, as well as archival photographs at the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. It also draws upon Barbeau’s professional correspondence at Library and Archives Canada, the BC Archives, and, above all, the National Museum, where he worked for over four decades.
The author, Frances M. Slaney, sheds light on the professional life of this founder of Canadian anthropology, exploring his difficult working relationship with Edward Sapir, his collaborations