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the existence of an earlier connection, which may have extended between S. Amer. and the southern and central portions of the U.S.. In this research is involved an investigation of the many scattered and isolated tribes inhabiting the Amozon Valley and the neighboring regions. 4. While the indications of N.&S. American contact are fairly definite on some lines, we have much vaguer indications of foreign influence on the Pacific coast of S. Amer., where certain traits of culture as well as physical appearance, suggest possible contact with the Polynesian Islands. Notwithstanding the vagueness of the indications, this question is theoretically of fundamental importance. Equally uncertain are the indications of relation with the Old World on the Atlantic side, but the possibility of contact by the way of the Atlantic Islands to Northwest Africa may be considered. RESOLVED, That to take up the four lines of r search here outlined, n annual appropriation of not less than 20,000 dollars would be required;and the extention of the work, which would necessarily follow, would make it advisable that an Anthropological Department, charged with the investigation of the particular problem of the ethnical relation of South America to other contin nts, should have a continuous appropriation of not less than 40,000 dollars, and that its w rk should not be limited to a definite number of years, because even now, in the imperfect state of our knowledge, we can see that the solution of the problem will require many distinct and important lines of research. The work should therefore be continued as long as results of importance are secured in the various lines of research. (Signed) Respectfully submitted, F.W. Putman, Chairman for the Archaeological Institute of America. Roland B. Dixon, for the American Folk-Lore Society. W.H. Holmes, for the Anthropological Society of Washington. A.L. Kroeber, for the American Anthropological Ass. Frank Boas Secretary, for the Ethnological Society and for Section H of the Amer. Ass. for the Ad. of Science. I hereby endorse this Report. Alice C. Fletcher
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