Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • Collecting Native America, 1870-1960
  • Written by Shepard Krech, III
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9781588342775
  • Our Price: $39.95
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Collecting Native America, 1870-1960

Buy now from Random House

  • Collecting Native America, 1870-1960
  • Written by Shepard Krech III
  • Format: eBook | ISBN: 9781588344144
  • Our Price: $39.95
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Collecting Native America, 1870-1960

Collecting Native America, 1870-1960

    Select a Format:
  • Book
  • eBook

Written by Shepard Krech, IIIAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Shepard Krech, III

eBook

List Price: $39.95

eBook

On Sale: August 19, 2014
Pages: 304 | ISBN: 978-1-58834-414-4
Published by : Smithsonian Books Smithsonian
Collecting Native America, 1870-1960 Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Collecting Native America, 1870-1960
  • Email this page - Collecting Native America, 1870-1960
  • Print this page - Collecting Native America, 1870-1960
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
Synopsis

Synopsis

Between the 1870s and 1950s collectors vigorously pursued the artifacts of Native American groups. Setting out to preserve what they thought was a vanishing culture, they amassed ethnographic and archaeological collections amounting to well over one million objects and founded museums throughout North America that were meant to educate the public about American Indian skills, practices, and beliefs.

In Collecting Native America contributors examine the motivations, intentions, and actions of eleven collectors who devoted substantial parts of their lives and fortunes to acquiring American Indian objects and founding museums. They describe obsessive hobbyists such as George Heye, who, beginning with the purchase of a lice-ridden shirt, built a collection that—still unsurpassed in richness, diversity, and size—today forms the core of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Sheldon Jackson, a Presbyterian missionary in Alaska, collected and displayed artifacts as a means of converting Native peoples to Christianity. Clara Endicott Sears used sometimes invented displays and ceremonies at her Indian Museum near Boston to emphasize Native American spirituality. The contributors chart the collectors' diverse attitudes towards Native peoples, showing how their limited contact with American Indian groups resulted in museums that revealed more about assumptions of the wider society than about the cultures being described.

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: