Photographs depicting Montagnard people utilizing items such as baskets, axes, hoes, and crossbows, as well as interiors and exteriors of dwellings. They include one image of the King of Fire, a Jarai shaman.
The photographs are a sample submitted to illustrate the use of artifacts which Hickey also donated to the Smithsonian. In a letter describing the photographs, Hickey noted that "with most of them [photographs], however, the ethnic group does not match the ethnic origin of the item [donated artifact] but the use of them is nonetheless the same." Included in the collection are pictures showing the use of a large crossbow, hoes, and baskets. Ethnic groups depicted are Jarai, Jeh, and Stieng.
Gerald Cannon Hickey (1925-2010) was an anthropologist who worked in Southeast Asia, primarily Vietnam. From 1956 through 1973, he conducted ethnographic research in Vietnam; during the 1960s his research was sponsored by the Rand Corporation. He built ties with many of the tribes of South Vietnam and wrote several books on the people living in Vietnam's Central Highlands.
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NAA Photo Lot 73-34
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The National Anthropological Archives holds additional Gerrald Canon Hickey papers and photographs, in ACC 2011-33.
These photographs were donated in connection with artifacts donated to the Department of Anthropology, accession 304150.
Other artifacts donated by Gerald Cannon Hickey can be found in the Department of Anthropology, accession 309097.