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Donald Bush Cordry photographs of Indigenous peoples of Mexico

Creator:
Cordry, Donald Bush  Search this
Names:
Cordry, Donald Bush -- Exhibitions  Search this
Extent:
8 Color transparencies
93 Mounted photographs (silver gelatin)
Culture:
Mixe  Search this
Amuzgo (Amusgo)  Search this
Zapotec  Search this
Mestizos  Search this
Purepecha (Tarasco)  Search this
Tepehuán (Tepehuan)  Search this
Totonac  Search this
Mazatec [Huautla]  Search this
Nahua  Search this
Chinantec  Search this
Wixarika (Huichol)  Search this
Seri  Search this
Ikood (Huave)  Search this
Chiapanec  Search this
Mixtec  Search this
Mayas  Search this
Yoreme (Mayo)  Search this
Cuicatec Indians  Search this
Zoque  Search this
Tzotzil Maya  Search this
Indians of Mexico  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color transparencies
Mounted photographs
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1937-1972
Scope and Contents note:
Enlargements of photographs made by Donald Bush Cordry during his time in Mexico. These were mounted for a 1970s Bellas Artes-sponsored traveling exhibit based on Cordry's collection of Mexican Indian costumes. Included are images of Indigenous peoples of Mexico, fiestas and dances, pottery, boats, weaving, spinning, masks, vendors and markets, churches, and shrines. Depicted groups include the Huichol, Mestizo, Tarascan, Seri, Mayo, Tepehua, Totonac, Nahua, Mazatec, Cuicatec, Chinantec, Zapotec, Mixe, Amusgo, Huave, Mixtec, Chapanec, Zoque, Tzotzil, and Maya. Additionally, there are some self portraits of Donald Cordry and his wife Dorothy.
Biographical/Historical note:
Donald Bush Cordry (1907-1978) was an artist and photographer who studied the art of Indigenous peoples of Mexico. In 1931, Cordry made his first trip to Guerrero, Mexico, where he became interested in contemporary mask making. In 1934, Cordry moved to New York to work as a marionette designer for puppeteer Tony Sarg. While there, he contacted George G. Heye to learn more about Indigenous Mexican art. This led to a series of collecting expeditions from 1935 to 1938, during which Cordry collected Mexican masks and other artifacts for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 87-38, USNM ACC 361232
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional photographs made by Cordry can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 82-14.
Donald Cordry and his wife, Dorothy Mann Cordry, also donated clothing and musical instruments from Mexico to the Department of Anthropology in accessions 361232 and 355866.
The National Museum of the American Indian Archives holds the Donald Bush Cordry collection of photographs and negatives, 1933-1940, as well as artifacts collected by Cordry.
Photographs of the Donald Cordry Mexican mask exhibit can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 80-3.
The Donald Cordry Mexican mask collection can be found in the Department of Anthropology in accession 355867.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Pottery -- Mexico  Search this
Dances -- Mexico  Search this
Weaving -- Mexico  Search this
Markets -- Mexico  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Spinning -- Mexico  Search this
Masks -- Mexico  Search this
Citation:
Photo Lot 87-38, Donald Cordry photographs of Indigenous peoples of Mexico, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.87-38
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-87-38

Donald Bush Cordry photographs of Mexican masks and mask-making

Creator:
Cordry, Donald Bush  Search this
Extent:
1 Mounted color print
11 Mounted prints (silver gelatin)
Culture:
Mexicans  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted color prints
Mounted prints
Photographs
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1941-1974
Scope and Contents note:
Images of masks, mask making, and use of masks in various parts of Mexico. Also includes photograph of a painting by Donald Cordry depicting use of a mask and musical instruments.
Biographical/Historical note:
Donald Bush Cordry (1907-1978) was an artist, photographer, and ethnographer of the arts and crafts of Indians of Mexico. In 1931, Cordry made his first trip to Mexico (Guerrero) and become fascinated by contemporary Mexican Indian art, especially mask making. In 1934, Cordry moved to New York to work as a marionette designer for puppeteer Tony Sarg and soon contacted George G. Heye to learn more about Mexican Indian art. From 1935 to 1938, Cordry collected Mexican masks and other art forms on behalf of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. On his first 1935 collecting trip for Heye, Cordry traveled throughout the states of Michoacan and Guerrero and collected carved and painted dance masks.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 82-14
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Photographs of the Donald Cordry Mexican mask exhibit can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 80-3.
The Donald Cordry Mexican mask collection can be found in the Department of Anthropology in USNM ACC 355867.
Photographs taken by Cordry can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 87-38.
Donald Cordry and his wife, Dorothy Mann Cordry, also donated clothing and musical instruments from Mexico to the Department of Anthropology in USNM ACC 361232 and USNM ACC 355866.
The National Museum of the American Indian Archives holds the Donald Bush Cordry collection of photographs and negatives, 1933-1940, as well as artifacts collected by Cordry.
The University of Texas at Austin holds the Donald Cordry Collection Relating to Mexican Masks, 1931-1978.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Festivals -- Mexico  Search this
Mask makers  Search this
Masks -- Mexico  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 82-14, Donald Bush Cordry photographs of Mexican masks and mask-making, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.82-14
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-82-14

Photographs of exhibit of Donald Bush Cordry Mexican mask collection

Names:
Cordry, Donald Bush -- Exhibitions  Search this
Kier, Porter M.  Search this
Laughlin, Robert M.  Search this
Mello, James F., 1936-  Search this
Sturtevant, William C.  Search this
Extent:
25 Color slides
7 Prints (silver gelatin)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Color slides
Prints
Photographs
Date:
1979
Scope and Contents note:
Photographs depicting some of the masks in the Donald Cordry collection of Mexican masks, as well as an exhibit of the collection entitled "Dance Masks of Mexico," taken on February 22, 1979. Depicted individuals in the include several members of the Department of Anthropology, including Robert Laughlin, William Sturtevant, Porter Kier, and James Mello. The photographs were probably made by a Smithsonian photographer.
Biographical/Historical note:
Donald Bush Cordry (1907-1978) was an artist and photographer who studied the art of Mexican Indians. In 1931, Cordry made his first trip to Guerrero, Mexico, where he became fascinated by contemporary mask making. In 1934, Cordry moved to New York to work as a marionette designer for puppeteer Tony Sarg. While there, he contacted George G. Heye to learn more about Indigenous Mexican art. This led to a series of collecting expeditions from 1935 to 1938, during which Cordry collected Mexican masks and other artifacts for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 80-3, NAA ACC 82-50
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The masks which formed the basis of the exhibit pictured can be found in the Department of Anthropology in accession 355867.
Cordry's photographs can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 82-14 and Photo Lot 87-38.
Donald Cordry and his wife, Dorothy Mann Cordry, also donated clothing and musical instruments from Mexico to the Department of Anthropology in accessions 361232 and 355866.
The National Museum of the American Indian Archives holds the Donald Bush Cordry collection of photographs and negatives, 1933-1940, as well as artifacts collected by Cordry.
The University of Texas at Austin holds the Donald Cordry Collection Relating to Mexican Masks, 1931-1978.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Masks -- Mexico  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 80-3, Photographs of exhibit of the Donald Bush Cordry Mexican Mask collection, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.80-3
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-80-3

Rattle

Culture/People:
Wixarika (Huichol)  Search this
Collector:
Donald B. Cordry (Donald Bush Cordry), Non-Indian, 1907-1978  Search this
Object Name:
Rattle
Media/Materials:
Gourd, wood, cotton cloth, wool yarn, paint
Techniques:
Carved, perforated, tied
Dimensions:
23 x 8 cm
Object Type:
Music and Sound
Native Term:
kaitsa
Place:
Las Juntas (Las Huntas); Nayarit State; Mexico
Date created:
circa 1930
Catalog Number:
19/7835
Barcode:
197835.000
See related items:
Wixarika (Huichol)
Music and Sound
On View:
NMAI, New York, NY: Infinity of Nations, Mesoamerica & Circum Caribbean
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6468fa50a-6069-4c77-80c2-848818d7af27
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_210634
Online Media:

Shoulder bag/Bandolier bag

Culture/People:
Wixarika (Huichol)  Search this
Collector:
Donald B. Cordry (Donald Bush Cordry), Non-Indian, 1907-1978  Search this
Object Name:
Shoulder bag/Bandolier bag
Media/Materials:
Cotton yarn, cotton embroidery floss
Techniques:
Tapestry woven, sewn, embroidered
Dimensions:
56 x 22 cm
Object Type:
Bags/Pouches (and parts)
Place:
Huaynamota; Nayarit State; Mexico
Date created:
circa 1930
Catalog Number:
19/5607
Barcode:
195607.000
See related items:
Wixarika (Huichol)
Bags/Pouches (and parts)
On View:
NMAI, Washington DC: Our Universes, Star Canopy
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6fcf409e2-7e5f-4ff8-a9bb-784c05987fe7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_208673
Online Media:

Man's bag

Culture/People:
Otomí (Otomi)  Search this
Collector:
Donald B. Cordry (Donald Bush Cordry), Non-Indian, 1907-1978  Search this
Previous owner:
Donald B. Cordry (Donald Bush Cordry), Non-Indian, 1907-1978  Search this
Object Name:
Man's bag
Media/Materials:
Cotton yarn, wool yarn, dye/dyes
Techniques:
Woven
Dimensions:
37 x 27 cm
Object Type:
Bags/Pouches (and parts)
Place:
Hidalgo State; Mexico
Date created:
1880-1900
Catalog Number:
20/6210
Barcode:
206210.000
See related items:
Otomí (Otomi)
Bags/Pouches (and parts)
On View:
NMAI, New York, NY: Infinity of Nations, Mesoamerica & Circum Caribbean
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws61a27e8bd-9531-49e6-896e-7dec351c51c3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_220292
Online Media:

Sacred arrow for offerings

Culture/People:
Wixarika (Huichol)  Search this
Collector:
Donald B. Cordry (Donald Bush Cordry), Non-Indian, 1907-1978  Search this
Object Name:
Sacred arrow for offerings
Media/Materials:
Wood, hawk feather/feathers, parrot feather/feathers, wool yarn, sinew
Techniques:
Carved, wrapped, woven
Dimensions:
55 x 22.5 x 6 cm
Object Type:
Ceremonial/Ritual items: Shamanic objects
Place:
Las Juntas (Las Huntas); Nayarit State; Mexico
Date created:
circa 1935
Catalog Number:
19/7866
Barcode:
197866.000
See related items:
Wixarika (Huichol)
Ceremonial/Ritual items: Shamanic objects
On View:
NMAI, New York, NY: Infinity of Nations, Mesoamerica & Circum Caribbean
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ws6b1ecb9de-7ca3-4688-a846-11688df7f756
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_211319
Online Media:

Mexican masks. [Essay by Donald Cordry

Author:
Cordry, Donald Bush  Search this
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art  Search this
Witte Memorial Museum  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. illus. 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1973
C1973]
Topic:
Indian masks  Search this
Call number:
F1219.3.M4 M48X
F1219.3.M4M48X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_41147

El México indígena en las fotografías de Donald Cordry : Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, México, D.F., abril, 1980

Author:
Cordry, Donald Bush  Search this
Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico)  Search this
Subject:
Cordry, Donald Bush  Search this
Physical description:
20 p. : ill. ; 22 x 23 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
[1980]
Call number:
F1220 .C67 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807670

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