This collection contains 86 black-and-white negatives taken by Gregory Mason from 1916-1931. The images depict scenes of Belize, Guatemala, Colombia and Mexico, including Mexico City, Cozumel, Chichén Itzá and other sites in Quintana Roo.
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The Gregory Mason collection contains negatives made from 1916 to 1931 by Mason. The 1916 negatives depict the streets in and suburbs of Mérida, Mexico, and of people bundling fibers on a nearby plantation. The negatives dating from 1922 were made in Chichén Itzá. In 1928, Mason made negatives in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Belize negatives depict Mayan antiquities, various street scenes, and native peoples gathering leaves and chicle, spinning fiber, and canoeing; the Quintana Roo, Mexico, negatives depict Isla Cozumel and other Mayan sites; and the Guatemala negatives Quiriguá. The 1931 negatives made in Colombia primarily depict individuals from the Kogi, Ika, and Wayuu culture groups. Mason made some of these negatives on behalf of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation.
Arranged by negative number (N20447-N20532)
Born in 1889, Gregory Mason was an American journalist with a keen interest in anthropology. Early in his career, he traveled widely as a reporter for the newspaper New York Evening Sun and the news magazine The Outlook. In 1926, he and Herbert Spinden led the Mason-Spinden expedition to explore Mayan ruins in Mexico. Funded in part by Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, Mason led four additional expeditions to Central and South America. He wrote several books, including "Silver Cities of Yucatan" (1927), "Columbus Came Late" (1931), and "Remember the Maine" (1939). From 1941 to 1954, he was chairman of the Department of Journalism at New York University. Mason died in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1968.
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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Gregory Mason negatives, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Smithsonian Institution (negative, slide or catalog number).
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Extracts from published Timucua texts by Morilla and Pareja, notes on historical sources on Timucua and South Florida, suggested comparisons and etymologies for Fontaneda's Calusa words; comparisons of Timucua vocabulary with Creek, Yuchi, Island Carib, Calibi, Tupi-Guarani, Guajiro, Chayona, Cumanagota and Tumanaco.
Above correction and additional information supplied by W.C. Sturtevant.
This collection contains 14 photographs depicting the Barí (Motilone) and Wayuu (Guajira/Goajiro) peoples of Venezuela circa 1930-1931.
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This collection contains 8 gelatin silver prints shot by photographer Werner Lüthy circa 1930-1931 and and 6 copy negatives created by the Museum of the American Indian. The photographs depict the Barí (Motilone) and Wayuu (Guajira/Goajiro) peoples of Venezuela. The photographs include portraits of individuals and groups, as well as scenes of daily life such as a pearl fisherman repairing a sail, pearl fishermen sitting on a mound of shells, and individuals wearing face paint. One photograph depicts the top of a man's head showing scars, which according to Lüthy, was obtained during a "Chicha-feast" when one man hits another over the head with a sharp bow until one man drops. The photographs have typed captions on the versos.
Arranged by catalog number.
Biographical / Historical:
Werner Lüthy (also spelled Luthy) was a Swiss photographer who lived in Bern, Switzerland. Born on August 1, 1899, Lüthy specialized in travel photography. His work was exhibited in Bern in the 1930s through 1950s and published in numerous photography journals. Lüthy died on November 11, 1967.
The State Archives of Canton Bern in Switzerland holds a collection of Werner Lüthy photographs.
Donated to the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation by Werner Lüthy in 1931.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Werner Lüthy photographs from Venezuela, catalog #, NMAI.AC.202; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.