Documenting Diversity: How Anthropologists Record Human Life

Spring 2020 – July 18, 2021

 A calendar or "winter count" from 1904 drawn by Kiowa master illustrator Silver Horn.

National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Ground Floor Floor Plan

Examine the ways anthropologists have recorded and shared their field observations using the technologies of their time. Drawing on rare print and archival collections of the National Anthropological Archives, Human Studies Film Archives, and Smithsonian Libraries, the exhibition demonstrates the continued relevance of these remarkable records of our global diversity for communities and scholars alike.

We acknowledge the traditional landowners whose territory the Smithsonian inhabits, and the continued presence and resilience of Indigenous, Migrant, and Displaced communities and nations today.