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Oaxaca, Chiapas, Sonora, Mexico States: Various communities

Catalog Data

Collection Creator:
Cordry, Donald Bush  Search this
Collection Source:
Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation  Search this
16 Photographic prints
6 copy negatives
Tzotzil Maya  Search this
Chinantec [Chinantla]  Search this
Zoque  Search this
Otomi  Search this
Yoreme (Mayo)  Search this
Zapotec  Search this
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Copy negatives
circa 1940
Scope and Contents:
This series includes photographic prints and copy negatives made across Mexico sometime around 1940, after Cordry was no longer working for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. The photographs were included with additional gifts and exchanges with the MAI in 1940, 1941 and 1943. The prints include portraits of Tzotzil Maya women in San Bartolomé de los Llanos, Chiapas; Chinantec [Chinantla] women in Choapam, Oaxaca; Zoque men and women in Copainala and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas; an Otomi fiesta in Chalma, Mexico; Yoreme (Mayo) man and woman in Huatabampo, Sonora; and a Zapotec woman in Villa Hidalgo (Yalálag), Oaxaca. There are also several images of Zoque masks Cordry collected and two photographs of watercolor paintings made by Cordry.
Prints: P15052-P15053, P15202-P15203, P15347-P15348, P16553-P16562. Copy Negatives: N37306-N37307, N37335-N37336, N37506-N37507.
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 3
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Donald B. Cordry photographs from Mexico
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian