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Andrew Hunter Whiteford

Excerpt from: Beloit Daily News (March 27, 1971)
The American Indian

     "North American Indian Arts" by Dr. Whiteford, with illustration by O. Vernon Shaffer, was published recently as a Golden Science by Western Publishing Co. of New York City. It is hoped that Shaffer will also be present for the Sunday discussion.

     Dr. Whiteford is professor and chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Beloit College and director of the college's Logan Museum of Anthropology. Shaffer, a prominent Beloit sculptor, former was a member of the college's art faculty and is a former director of Wright Art Center.

Carried on Research

     Research for the book was accomplished over a 10-year period. Most of the full-color illustrations have been drawn from the actual specimens. Objects illustrated in the book are from more than 50 different museums in the country, with the majority of the objects from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and Logan Museum.

     Indian tribes from all of North America are represented, from Alaska and Hudson Bay to the Floria Keys. The emphasis in the book is upon the crafts of the modern Indian and those of the recent past, although some late archaeological materials are included.

     Many of the crafts illustrated will be new to most readers. Potters, baskets, rug-weaving, and Navajo silverwork are described and illustrated as well as the fine development in the use of shell, bone, skins, bark, and porcupine quills. The typical techniques and products of the Indians are stressed, rather than the rare and exotic, and the book is especially valuable to collectors for the identification of their specimens.

     Prof. Whiteford has done archaeological excavations in the Southwest, Southeast, and in Wisconsin. His ethnological researches in Mexico, Columbia, Spain, and Peru have been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. He also has worked through a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship.

Is Beloit Alumnus

     He holds a B.A. from Beloit College, and M.A. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Chicago.

     A specialist in social anthropology, his particular interest is in the social systems of contemporary Latin American cultures. He has conducted extensive field work in Mexico, Central and South America, and the United States, and is currently completely study in Spain under several grants.

     Before joining the Beloit faculty in 1942, he served as an archaeologist with the University of Tennessee. He also has done research in labor-management and has served as a consultant in industrial and consumer studies for Social Research, Inc., of Chicago.

     Dr. Whiteford's articles on social anthropology have been published in leading journals and he is listed both in "Who's Who in America" and in "American Men of Science."

     The report of his Latin American research, "Two Cities of Latin America," was selected by the National University of Columbia as the first volume of its sociological series. He is past president of the Central States Anthropological Association and is currently president of the Wisconsin Anthropological Association.

 

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