Photographs of Seri artifacts and craftspeople, probably made by Dennis McCarthy. They include images of wood carvings, baskets, a violin and bow, rasp and scraper, toy cradle, and necklace, as well as a man, probably Dennis McCarthy, with a basket maker, violin maker, and a saleswoman. The prints are mounted on unbound album pages, which also include a note on McCarthy's interest in the Seri, a resume, and a bibliography.
Dennis McCarthy was a public service officer in Arizona, where he worked as State Parks Director, Historic Preservation Officer, and Natural and Cultural Resources and Urban Lands Planner for the State Land Department. He started visiting Seri fishing camps on Tiburon Island in 1968 and later made contact with the Seri at Punta Chueca. In his personal reflections, he reports having "become captivated" with their artwork, particularly wood carvings and basketry.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 86-27
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photographs of Seri Indians can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 87-38, Photo Lot 89, Photo Lot 24, and the BAE historical negatives.
Additional photographs of Seri Indians can be found in the National Museum of the American Indian Archives in the Edward Harvey Davis Photograph Collection, Alanson Buck Skinner Photograph Collection, and George W. Avery photographs and negatives.
The Department of Anthropology holds examples of Seri basketry.
Photograph depicting Seri medicine man Santo Blanco sitting outside and playing a musical bow. He wears a medicine man crown or headdress. Photographed by Dane Coolidge in Bahía de Kino (Kino Bay), Mexico, 1932.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Dane Coolidge photographs from Mexico, catalog #, NMAI.AC.202; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.