The 25th Anniversary Issue is entirely devoted to NAA artwork collections



Laura Thompson in Honolulu, 1934. Thompson conducted anthropological research in Oceania, southwestern United States and Europe.

AMERICAN INDIAN ART MAGAZINE is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a special issue featuring the artwork collections of the National Anthropological Archives. Contributors to the anniversary issue, which arrives on newstands November 1, include Christina Burke, Candace Greene, Stephen Loring, and Edwin Wade. Look inside.


NEW COLLECTIONS The National Anthropological Archives acquired 79 collections this year, representing fieldwork conducted on every continent. These collections enhance the archives's current holdings, consisting of 7,800 feet of manuscripts and more than 400,000 photographs in the fields of ethnology, archaeology, physical anthropology and linguistics.

The National Anthropological Archives actively acquires ethnographic collections. A list of recent acquisitions (1997-2000) and a Guide to the Collections are available online.

THE DIGITAL IMAGING LAB recently purchased a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format camera and a Phase One PowerPhase digital scanning back, a high-end system capable of producing digital images with a resolution up to 7,000 x 7,000 pixels. The digital camera will be used to reproduce oversize materials and artwork in bound volumes. The NAA is grateful for the generous support of the Smithsonian's Repatriation Review Committee

To date, the imaging lab has produced 21,543 digital images from 266 collections.


QUOTED WITHOUT COMMENT: "Mysterious Ways focuses on the collaborative efforts of Declan Dunn (Adrian Pasdar), an anthropologist obsessed with finding absolute proof of miracles, and Peggy Fowler (Rae Dawn Chong), a skeptical psychiatrist. Declan was an angry, jobless, dissatisfied drinker until he was caught in an avalanche and trapped in a block of ice while skiing. After this life-changing experience, Declan was transformed into an inquisitive university anthropologist who prefers to think of his search for proof of miracles as a calling rather than a hobby." From the Family Guide review of the pilot episode of Mysterious Ways, coming to PAX TV this Fall, Mondays at 8:00 pm (EST).

Publication date: November 2000


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