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Michoacán and Guererro States: Purepecha (Tarasco), Guererro Nahua

Catalog Data

Collection Creator:
Cordry, Donald Bush  Search this
Collection Source:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
9 negatives (photographic)
7 copy negatives
23 Photographic prints
Purepecha (Tarasco)  Search this
Guerrero Nahua  Search this
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Copy negatives
Photographic prints
Scope and Contents:
This series includes photographic prints and negatives of the Purepecha (Tarasco) community in Michoacán State and Guererro Nahua community in Guerrero State that Cordry shot during a field collection trip in Mexico for the Museum of the American Indian in 1935-1936. The negatives in Michoacán depict views of various Purepecha dances in Cherán and Lago de Pátzcuaro (Lake Pátzcuaro) with many images of dancers in masks. The prints in Michoacán are mostly portraits of Purepecha (Tarasco) women and men in Cherán, Patamban, paracho and Charapan. Some of the women are weaving and spinning, other images show pottery and a kiln. The prints from Guerrero were shot in various Guerrero Nahua villages depict views of daily life such as making adobe bricks, cutting vines and fishing. There is one negative in this series from 1933 of a mask maker in Tixtla, Guerrero State, Mexico. It is possible that it is misdated and is also from 1936.
Negatives: N21118-N21126. Prints: P11986- P12008. Copy Negatives: N36725-N36731.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Donald B. Cordry photographs from Mexico, Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
NMAI.AC.001.008, Series 1
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Donald B. Cordry photographs from Mexico
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian