HARRINGTON, John Peabody

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John Peabody Harrington (1884-1961)

HARRINGTON, John Peabody (1884-1961), anthropologist and linguist who specialized in the Native Americans of California. He did extensive work on the Chumash of the northern California Channel Islands, including documenting their language.

In 1916 Harrington married his student, Carobeth Tucker. In 1915, she took his course in linguistics at San Diego Normal School. Harrington was impressed by her natural linguistic abilities, and they were married the following year. She assisted him in his field work and learned ethnographic skills from him, but his eccentricities proved fatal to their relationship. Later in her life, Carobeth accounted her relationship with John P. Harrington in her book, Encounter with an Angry God. They were divorced in 1922.

» Hudson, Travis et al. Tomol: Chumash Watercraft as Described in the Ethnographic Notes of John P. Harrington (Santa Barbara: Ballena Press, 1978).

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