Guide to the North American Ethnographic Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

9781931707329: Hardback
Release Date: 18th April 2003

9781931707336: Paperback
Release Date: 18th April 2003

120 color illus., 1 map

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 112

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Guide to the North American Ethnographic Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Hardback / £23.99
Paperback / £11.99

Totaling approximately 40,000 objects, the University Museum's ethnographic holdings represent native peoples from ten North American culture areas—the Arctic, Subarctic, Northwest Coast, California, Plateau, Great Basin, Southwest, Great Plains, Northeast, and the Southeast.

This guide highlights the strength of the collections and demonstrates how objects are tied to history and people living within different cultural and social contexts. It also underscores that objects have different multiple meanings. Some objects illustrate intertribal relations; others best reflect collecting attitudes at the turn of the century when much of the Museum's collections was acquired.

Visitors and off-site readers will learn about such related archival resources as documentation and photographs, past and present Museum exhibitions, current research, repatriation, and contemporary collections development.

Lucy Fowler Williams is Keeper of the American Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.