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Archaeology (the study of ancient human culture) and ethnology (the study of recent and living people) are the two major sections in the anthropology collection.

The archaeological collection comes from North and West Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe, the Andes, Mesoamerica, the Great Plains, and the Great Basin areas.

The ethnographic collection includes artifacts from the Andes, Amazon, Mesoamerica, Circum-Caribbean, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, Melanesia, and Polynesia.

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Catalog # Name Description
00.30.0001 Moccasin

Green paint applied to upper and inner portions. Decorated with multi-colored bead work, and 7 silver discs. 5 blue painted stripes on outside of leg. Fringed at top. .a left and .b right. Color: GR,YL,BL,RD,WH
From Oklahoma Indian Reservation

00.30.0001 (Moccasin) image
00.30.0002 Moccasin

Beaded. a. Left. b. Right. Color: TN,BL,RD,WH

00.30.0003 Carrier, Awl

Slender leather beaded case with top attached by thong. Beads are red, blue, pink, and white and in geometric design. Leather braids wrapped in German silver hang off bottom and top. Shorter fringe hang off top and bottom wrapped in German silver cones. Loop at top covered with gold beads. Color: ML

00.30.0005 Purse

Small. Trimmed with leather strips and viarious blue and white beads. Color: BR, BL,WH,GR

00.30.0006 Belt

Beaded, leather. Diamond design, predominantly blue with white inside on beige background, bright red silk end strips. Color: TN, BL, WT, RD

00.30.0007 Rattle

Gourd shape. One end whittled, string at opposite end. Color: ML

00.30.0008 Doll

Brown clay body with dark brown strips across chest and on face, cloth skirt. Long black hair with bangs. Beaded necklace and head ornaments. Female genitalia. Cloth in back is red and short, cloth in front white and gauzy. Both secured by a cloth sash. Color: BR,BL,WH,RD,BK

00.30.0009 Doll

Papoose doll; Toy; paper. Leather covered cradle board.

00.30.0010 Board, cradle

Backside painted with floral motifs. Metal foot rest. Color: ML

00.30.0011 Rope

Feather rope. From Cliff dwellers Southwestern U.S.

00.30.0012 Rope

Rabbit skin wrapped around thin fiber string. Fur still on skin. Color: TN

00.30.0013 Necklace

Made from snake vertebrae.

00.30.0014 Necklace

Made from snake vertebrae.

00.30.0015 Button

Raised in center.

00.30.0016 Ring

Made from silver coin by Navajo Indian silversmith.

00.30.0017 Pendant

Silver. 4 pieces chained together, 6-pointed star at one end, arms circled overhead at other end. Color: SL

00.30.0018 Quirt

Navajo Indian Quirt
New Mexico

00.30.0019 Glove

Pair of leather gloves embroidered in floral design on back of hand.

00.30.0020 Club

Indian war club.

00.30.0022 Moccasin

Beaded, mostly green squares, with one line of red squares and one line of blue squares across top. Band of yellow beads with small blue geometric shapes goes all around bottom edge of moccasin. Unbeaded leather cuff with long, pointed tongue piece. Rawhide sole. a. Left b. Right Color: GR,YL,RD,BL,WH

00.30.0022 (Moccasin) image
00.30.0023 Bowl

Brown design inside and outside. Color: TN, BR

00.30.0024 Bowl

Tan with brown design. Color: TN, BR

00.30.0025 Figurine

Pottery, tan with brown spots. Color: TN, BR

00.30.0026 Cup

Design is early tourist piece.
Zuni Indian Pottery
Presented by John C. Hartman

00.30.0027 Bowl

Brown bowl, tan outside.
Zuni Indian Pottery
Presented by John C. Hartman


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Opening September 24th at 4:00PM

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