Collecting Diné Culture in the 1880s: Two Army Physicians and their Ethnographic Approaches
In the 1880s two army physicians, Robert W. Shufeldt and Washington Matthews, were stationed at Fort Wingate, New Mexico and studied Navajo culture. While similar in background each had a different orientation to collecting, representing two trends in 19th-century naturalist scholarship about Indians. Their approaches have influenced the development of Navajo studies in art, architecture and religious studies. While much has been written about Boasian-era collecting and ethnographic scholarship, less attention has been paid to the men and women who formed the foundation of American anthropology and whose small, individual collections are components of anthropology artifact and archival collections.Nancy's paper is a valuable contribution to the history of museum anthropology and it is a pleasure share it with a wider audience online. To facilitate searches by those using blog search software, we will post abstracts on future articles here as well.