The Ethnology Collection at the Maxwell Museum of
Anthropology originated through systematic anthropological research, collecting,
and exhibitions. In combination with accompanying documentary and photographic
records in the museums Photo Archive, the Ethnology Collection provides
a tangible base for the study of the symbolic, technological and aesthetic
aspects of human culture.
While the Ethnology Collection has served as a source for scholarly research
and education at the university for many years, it now shares its resources
with the newly developed Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
In conjunction with community partnerships and collaborative projects
the Ethnology Collection provides a valuable cultural resource for the
maintenance and revitalization of traditional material culture.
For information on the Ethnology Collections at the Maxwell Museum of
Anthropology please contact:
Lea McChesney, Ph.D.
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
There are 35,000 objects in the Ethnology Collection representing the
indigenous peoples and diverse cultures of the Americas with an emphasis
on the US Southwest, Central and South America, as well as smaller collections
from the Artic, Oceania, Southeast Asia and Africa. Some of the highlights
of the collection include: the collection of historic Southwest pottery
from the Rio Grande and Western Pueblos; a fine collection of textiles
from the Southwest including a comprehensive collection of Navajo textiles
dating from the early 19th century to the late 20th century; and a significant
collection of baskets from the Southwest, California, and Latin America
as well as from the Pacific Northwest.
Specialized collections include the Lois Law collection of Native American
works of art on paper, worldwide jewelry and musical instruments, as well
as contemporary New Mexican Santos (devotional art from Northern New Mexico.)
Systematic collecting in partnerships with traditional artists continually
augments the collection.
Most significantly, the recently established Alfonso
Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies represents a new and vital
vehicle for community partnerships involving ethnological research and