Samuel Barrett

Samuel Alfred Barrett (1879 in Conway, Alaska – 1965) was an anthropologist and linguist who studied Native American peoples.


Barrett received all three of his degrees from UC Berkeley—B.S. in 1905, M.S. in 1906, and a doctorate in Anthropology, Phonetics, and Ethno-geography 1908.[1][2]


Barrett's system of naming the languages of the Pomoan group included seven names based on geographical terms: Northern Pomo, Northeastern Pomo, Southern Pomo, Eastern Pomo, Central Pomo, Southeastern Pomo, and Southwest Pomo (now more commonly referred to as Kashaya).[3] This nomenclature has been criticized for suggesting that the various Pomoan languages are dialects of a single language, when they are in fact mutually unintelligible and therefore distinct languages.

Barrett became the director of the Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee.

The final major work of his life was to produce a series of films about the peoples of Northern California such as the Pomo, particularly the Kashaya.


  • Barett, Samuel Alfred (1917). The Washo Indians. Retrieved 24 August 2012.


  1. Berkeley, University of California (1908). University of California chronicle. 10. University of California Press. p. 353.
  2. "American Indian Films Project Artifact Collections". Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Archived from the original on 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  3. Barrett, Samuel (1908). Frederick Ward Putnam (ed.). The Ethno-Geography of the Pomo and Neighboring Indians. University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology. 6. Berkeley: The University Press.

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