The broad scientific study of human culture and biology. Anthropologists are interested in what it is to be human in all of our many different societies around the world today and in the past. In North American universities, the study of anthropology is usually divided into four main sub-disciplines: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.
Courtesy Palomar College Cultural Anthropology Terms, 2002-2012
Zuni materials in Special Collections and Archives are predominantly focused on the observations of the Zuni community by outside (non-Zuni) people. Established anthropologists such as Robert C. Euler and A.F. Whiting spent time researching them, while NAU linguistics professor P. David Seaman worked to help develop an official Zuni alphabet. Another Anthropologist, Charles Hoffman, undertook projects on or near Zuni land. NAU Professor Andrew Wallace focused his dissertation on 19th century expansion and infrastructure.
Casual Observance and Professional Interest
Many of the materials related to Zuni peoples were created by individuals through their casual observance of the Zuni. Edward Dawson, Woodrow Reiff, Elijah Blair, members of the Grand Canyon Pioneers Society, and Fronske Studio observed Zuni dances at organized events off the Zuni reservation (most significantly the Flagstaff All Indian Pow-Wow). Others, such as Fred Eiseman, Edwin and Barbara McKee, Dorothea C. and Alexander H. Leighton, Fred Bohle, the Warren family, and Karl Moon (through the Fred Harvey Company) traveled to Zuni to take snapshots. Commercial and/or professional photographers John Running, Sue Bennett, and Josef Muench captured Zuni landscapes and portraiture as part of their professional lives.
- SCA Colorado Plateau Subject Vertical Files - Come see these in person
- Lower Zuni Archaeological District
- Zuni Indians