Of all the westerner who made it to Yunnan, Joseph Francis Rock was undoubtedly one of the most eccentric. A self-educated botanist and anthropologist, a recluse, a photographic pioneer, a lousy geographer and even worse writer: National Geographic's 'our man in China' left us with a string of (heavily staff-edited) NG articles and a few (almost unreadable) books. Here is our list.

Schuyler Camman:

[Untitled: Review of J. F. Rock's Ancient Na-khi Kingdom of Southwest China]

Anthony Jackson:

Tibetan Bön Rites in China

A Case of Cultural Diffusion

Did Joseph Rock get it right? Jackson's study questions the antiquity of the Naxi scripts and sheds a different light on their ceremonies. Where Rock seems to drown in detail, Jackson seeks the broader picture.

Joseph Francis Rock:

The Ancient Na-khi Kingdom of Southwest China

Joseph Francis Rock:

Banishing the Devil of Disease Among the Nashi

Weird Ceremonies Performed by an Aboriginal Tribe in the Heart of Yunnan Province

Joseph Francis Rock:

The Land of the Yellow Lama

Joseph Francis Rock:

Through the Great River Trenches of Asia

National Geographic Society Explorer Follows the Yangtze, Mekong, and Salwin Through Mighty Gorges

Joseph Francis Rock:

The Na-khi Naga Cult and Related Ceremonies

Joseph Francis Rock:

The Zhi-Ma Funeral Ceremony of the Na-khi of Southwest China: Described and Translated from Na-khi Manuscripts

Joseph Francis Rock:

The Ancient Na-khi Kingdom of Southwest China

S. B. Sutton:

In China's Border Provinces

The Turbulent Career of Joseph Rock, Botanist Explorer

A well-written biography suffering from the author not being able to travel into China for first-hand research.