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The following paper is a study of the numeral systems of North American Indian tribes. Not only the basic systems of counting are considered but, also, the recording devices, the words used for basic numbers with their concrete meanings, "magic" or "pattern" numbers and their relationship, if any, to the system of numeration. Not all of this material is recorded for every tribe; therefore only in so far as material is available is the study complete.

The object of the study is to examine the recorded data on numeration systems and to show the extent of correlation with linguistic and cultural areas of North America. For this purpose, a survey and correlation of the literature on the above subject was made. This survey also shows the tribes or areas where this material has not been recorded in the ethnological literature.

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UNM Department of Anthropology

First Committee Member (Chair)

Willard Williams Hill

Second Committee Member

Donald Dilworth Brand

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Harold Daniel Larsen

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Numeral Systems of California

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Numeral Systems of North America

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