John Reed Swanton (1873-1958), was influenced by Franz Boas as a student, going on to get a Ph.D. at Harvard in 1900.  He wrote numerous articles and created monographs of the Indians of the Southeast on everything from languages, religion, social organizations, material culture and mobility of tribes.  His research became know as ethno-history and mainly dealt with Native American cultures; but today ethno-history research includes maps, music, paintings, photography, folklore, oral traditions, museum collections and even the origins of place names.

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