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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
00.30.0020 Club

Indian war club.

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

00.30.0028 Bowl

Zuni Indian Pottery
Presented by John C. Hartman

00.30.0029 Gourd Dipper

Zuni Indian Pottery
Presented by John C. Hartman

00.30.0030 Figurine, animal

Antelope. Color: TN, BR

00.30.0031 Figurine

Antelope. Tan and brown pottery; black spot on back. Color: TN,BR,BK

00.30.0036Deacc. Club
00.30.0045 Club

Stone head only. Has groove across center. Color: BR

00.30.0046 Weight, atlatl

Atlatl weight, Stippled. Color: GY, WH

00.30.0049 Cast, waterbottle

Of water bottle; by a mound builder. Has face at the top with yellow colored paint where hair would be. Color: GY, YL

00.30.0050 Problematic

Cube. Color: GY

00.30.0051 Point, projectile
00.30.0053 Pestle

Very rough texture. Color: BK
Indian Pestle. Obtained from Kodiak Island when they were excavating for pre-historic Indian Civilization

00.30.0054 Carving

Carved sandstone image.

00.30.0055 Problematic

Mound builders relic. Round. Carved design. Oval tag numbered 321. Color: TN

00.30.0056 Problematic

Mound builders relic. Round mineral, reddish brown color. Carved design. Oval tag numbered 315. Color: BR

00.30.0057 Problematic

Mound builders relic. Hard grayish mineral; no design is carved. Rectangular tag is numbered 290. Color: GY

00.30.0058 Problematic

Mound builders relic. Reddish, no design. Oval number tag is 517. Color: RD

00.30.0063 Stone chips
00.30.0064 Head, hatchet

Grooved for fastening to handle. Color: GY

00.30.0065 Grooved Axe

3/4 grooved axe, the groove is slightly offset and is at an angle. The top of the axe has been broken off. The head of the axe is noticeably larger than the bade of the axe.


Inspired by Nature, Influenced by Trade

Elaborating on the narrative of Native American artists and ceramics curated in the exhibition “Cultural Impressions: Identities Molded in Clay,” the exhibition “Inspired by Nature, Influenced by Trade” will highlight the histories of local Native American peoples. The exhibit will discuss their cultural and individual identities and show the impact of nature and trade.

Cultural Impressions: Identities Molded in Clay

Ceramics have fulfilled a variety of needs throughout human history. From simple cooking implements to creative expressions of identity, clay has played an important role in expressing who we are. With the opening of its latest exhibit, Cultural Impressions: Identities Molded in Clay, the UNI Museum will explore the relationships between ceramics, culture, and individual identity. Cultural markers such as gender, class, and individual identity are all connected and help shape the importance of ceramics throughout the world.

VÉVÉ Spiritual Symbols of Haiti

“VÉVÉ Spiritual Symbols of Haiti”

Opening September 24th at 4:00PM

This exhibition spotlights select works from the Waterloo Center for the Arts Haitian collection in order to explore the spiritual symbols of Haitian vodou, more specifically the Veve. A veve is usually a symbol essential to any vodou ceremony and commonly drawn on the floor by a priest (houngan) or priestess (mambo).