The S.K. Lothrop collection primarily contains negatives, photographic prints, and lantern slides made by Lothrop while employed by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. Lothrop traveled on behalf of the Museum to New Mexico, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru. The four New Mexico negatives in this collection date from 1915, before Lothrop worked for the Museum, and depict scenes around Zuni. During his 1924 trip to El Salvador, Lothrop photographed volcanos, archaeological sites, antiquities, the landscape, villages, and native peoples engaged in pottery and rope making, food preparation, house building, and ceremonial activities. The 1925 views particularly concentrate on Argentina (but also Chile and Peru). The Argentina materials include views made in the Tierra del Fuego (also part of Chile), including depictions of the daily lives and ceremonial activities of natives peoples of Tierra del Fuego--Selk'nam (Ona) and Yámana (Yagán/Yahgan); the Patagonia landscape; and excavations undertaken by the Museum's La Plata Expedition. The 1928 Guatemala views include depictions of Mayan ruins of Zaculeu and of Tz'utuhil Maya (Tzutuhil/Zutigil), Quiché Maya (Quiche), and Kaqchikel Maya (Cakchiquel) people engaged in weaving, rope making, canoeing, and ceremonial actitivies. The collection also contains photographs made by Lothrop before he worked for the Museum, including 1915 views of effigy mounds in Wisconsin and views at Hopi, Acoma, and Santa Clara; 1917 views of Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, and El Salvador; and 1918 views of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua.
Samuel Kirkland Lothrop was an archaeologist and photographer who extensively traveled and worked throughout Central America and South America. George Gustav Heye originally hired Lothrop to research native Guatemalan and El Salvadoran textiles and pottery. He subsequently excavated on behalf of the Museum of the American Indian in such places as the Tierra del Fuego. Here he photographed indigenous communities who would not survive the twentieth century as a distinct culture group. In 1923, he also photographed the activities of the Hendricks-Hodge Hawikku Expedition excavations. In addition to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, the Peabody Museum and the Carnegie Institute sponsored his research and archaeological work.
Historically, the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation managed all photographic and related manuscript collections separately. This collection description represents current management practices of organizing and contextualizing related archival materials.
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Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Photographs Search this
Indians of Central America -- El Salvador -- Photographs Search this
Fuegians -- Social life and customs -- Photographs Search this
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Argentina -- Photographs Search this
S. K. Lothrop collection of negatives, photographs and lantern slides, 1915-1928, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution (negative, slide or catalog number).
Living Voices/Voces Vivas (Sound recording : 2001)
National Museum of the American Indian. Community Services Department Search this
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
This accession consists of production records created by the Community Services Department in their work producing "Living Voices/Voces Vivas." "Living Voices/Voces
Vivas" was an audio series in English and Spanish featuring profiles of Native Americans and Native Hawaiians today. The profiles feature people of many ages, traditions and
perspectives telling their own stories, reflecting the wide range of contemporary Native experience in Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the United States. It consists of 40 profiles
in English. Voces Vivas, available on a separate CD, consists of 10 profiles in Spanish.
The production of "Living Voices/Voces Vivas" was overseen by Keevin Lewis of the Community Services Department and Elizabeth Weatherford at the Film and Video Center,
National Museum of the American Indian. Materials include release forms, applications, transcripts, production notes, and interview recordings on DAT audiotapes and audiocassettes.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs Search this
National Museum of the American Indian. Film and Video Center Search this
21.5 cu. ft. (21 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Digital versatile discs
This accession consists of records that document the breadth and history of the programs and work of the FVC, including the NAFVF, film screenings, the Native Americans
on Film and Video publications, and the Native Networks / Redes Indigenas website. Some materials date to when the before the National Museum of the American Indian as
was a part of the Smithsonian and was known at the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
Another project documented in the accession is Proyecto Audio-Visual Indigenista (PAVI), which was a project to survey individuals and organizations in twenty-six South
and Central American countries who are knowledgeable about indigenous works on audio, film and video in their respective regions. The project was initiated to increase awareness
of the media in Central and South America - who produces it, what types of works are available, how these works are used in relation to indigenous and non-indigenous communities
- as well as to facilitate contact between indigenous producers and organization in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries and funding, distribution, and producing organization
in the United States and Europe.
Staff represented in the collection include Elizabeth Weatherford, Founder and Head, and Emelia Seubert, Assistant Curator. Materials include correspondence, memoranda,
grant proposals, images, newsletters, programs, budget records, brochures, invitations, press releases, transcripts, survey records, retreat records, audience evaluations,
permissions and releases, audio and video recordings, clippings, and other related records. Some materials are in Spanish as well as in electronic format.
Created in 1979 within the former Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation in New York, the Film and Video Center (FVC) was the country's oldest media arts center
for Native and indigenous film. The center was dedicated to promoting Native and indigenous filmmaking throughout the Americas and opening up new opportunities for Native
One of its major programs was the biennial Native American Film + Video Festival (NAFVF), which showcased new works of independent film and videomakers and Native American
mediamakers, with a focus on current issues and contemporary life. The Festival ran from 1979 to 2011.
In addition to the NAFVF, the FVC also presented and supported a variety of film festivals. Starting in 2000 as a partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arts, the
Native Cinema Showcase brought Native films and filmmakers to Santa Fe's Indian Market. Among the other festivals it participated in or supported are: the Pacifika Showcase;
the D.C. Environmental Film Festival; First Nations/First Features: A Showcase of World Indigenous Cinema; the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum's Native FilmFest in Palm Springs,
California; and Arizona State Museum's Native Eyes Film Festival in Tucson, Arizona.
FVC also hosted two film ongoing film series that showed feature-length films, followed by discussion: Dinner and a Movie in Washington, D.C., and At the Movies in New
York. At each location there were regular daytime screenings for general audiences and frequent special programs. In Washington, films were shown several time a week that
were geared towards families, educators, and students. In New York, daily screenings highlighted topics related to current exhibitions and important themes in contemporary
Native American life. Also in New York, FVC presented Especially for Kids which was a daily morning program for children.
In addition the FVC published Native Americans on Film and Video (2 volumes) which serves as a compilation of primarily documentary films made by and about Native
Americans. Not only do the volumes contain listings of video tapes and films, including general descriptions, production data, running times, production credits, language
of the production, and distribution information; but also sections on special film collections across the country and additional resources.
Another project that the FVC worked on was developing the website, Native Networks / Redes Indigenas, which reflected the live meetings and workshops that the FVC organized
for filmmakers attending the NAFVF.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2032; Transferring office; 06/23/2017 memorandum, Toda to Brill; Contact reference staff for details.
Reciprocity and redistribution in Andean civilizations : transcript of the Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures at the University of Rochester, April 8th--17th, 1969 / John V. Murra ; with annotations by Freda Yancy Wolf and Heather Lechtman
A journey over land, from the Gulf of Honduras to the great South-Sea / performed by John Cockburn, and five other Englishmen ... who were taken by a Spanish guarda-costa, in the John and Jane, Edward Burt master, and set on shoar at a place called Porto-Cavalo, naked and wounded, as mentioned in several news-papers of October, 1731 ... ; to which is added, a curious piece, written in the reign of King James I, and never before printed, intitled, A brief discoverye of some things best worth noteinge in the travells of Nicholas Withington, a factor in the East-Indiase
The complete illustrated history of the Aztec & Maya : the definitive chronicle of the ancient peoples of Central America & Mexico, including the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mixtec, Toltec & Zapotec / Charles Phillips ; consultant, David M. Jones