chapter  1
Alfred Irving Hallowell: An Appreciation
ByMelford E. Spiro
Pages 8

With the death of A. Irving Hallowell, anthropology lost one of its most distinguished and influential scholars and teachers. Anthropology, for Hallowell, was truly the “study of man.” Although much of his scholarly career was devoted to the study of the Northern Ojibwa, a people whose society, culture, and thought he recorded and analyzed with the meticulous detail of a master craftsman, in almost all of his ethnographic accounts, he was concerned with discovering and displaying the general through the particular. This explains in part why he has had a marked influence on a large group of scholars who know or care little about the Berens River Saulteaux. When, in addition, one considers the wide array of subjects to which he made original and pioneering contributions—social organization, psychological anthropology, acculturation, behavioral evolution, world view, cultural ecology, history of anthropology—it is all the more understandable that his influence has been felt in psychology and history, literature and sociology, psychoanalysis and biology, as well as in anthropology.