A Cannibal in the National Museum: The Early Career of Franz Boas in America

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Franz Boas spent several weeks at Fort Rupert, British Columbia, at the end of 1894, when he saw the Kwakiutl hamatsa ritual in situ for the first time. Soon after his return east Boas posed for a series of photographs in the U.S. National Museum for a diorama of the hamatsa dance. These photographs, now published for the first time, are a sharp reminder of Boas' constant (and sometimes forced) collaboration with the limited number of anthropological institutions in America at the end of the century, and of his personal difficulties in establishing himself professionally in America. 1976 American Anthropological Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-316
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Anthropologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1976
Externally publishedYes


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  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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