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Daughters of the Desert: Women Anthropologists and Students of the Native American Southwest

International Symposium #102 Group Photo

March 15 - 23, 1986
Tucson, Arizona

PUBLICATION:    Daughters of the Desert:  Women Anthropologists and the Native American Southwest 1880-1980 - An Illustrated Catalogue. (B.A. Babcock and N.J. Parezo, Eds.) University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1988.


bookcoverDavid F. Aberle (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Barbara Babcock, organizer (University of Arizona, USA)
Linda S. Cordell (University of New Mexico, USA)
Fred Eggan (Santa Fe, USA)
Jennifer Fox (University of Texas, USA)
Deborah Gordon (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Katherine Spencer Halpern (Santa Fe, USA)
Margaret A. Hardin (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA)
Joyce L. Herold (Denver Museum of Natural History, USA)
Louis A. Hieb (University of Arizona, USA)
Curtis Hinsley (Colgate University, USA)
Leanne Hinton (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Louise Lamphere (University of New Mexico, USA)
Charles H. Lange (Santa Fe, USA)
Eleanor B. Leacock (City University of New York, City College, USA)
Joan T. Mark (Harvard University, USA)
Sidney Mintz (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Lita Osmundsen (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Nancy Parezo, organizer (University of Arizona, USA)
Kathleen M. Sands (Arizona State University, Tempe, USA)
Marta Weigle (University of New Mexico, USA)


This conference examined the role of early women scholars in the Southwest to consider how anthro­pological tradition is shaped by the culture area studied, by the personal histories of the scholars, and by the institutions and patrons who sponsored them. The hundred years of anthropological research in the Southwest, which has significantly influenced anthropological theory as well as popular attitudes and governmental policies on Native Americans, were reviewed and reevaluated. A series of public events preceded the conference, including the opening of an exhibit, "Daughters of the Desert," at the Arizona State Museum, and an open, two-day seminar. Videotaped life-history interviews of seven of the women anthropologists influential in research on the Southwest were pre­sented as the basis for panel discussions. The conference and related events not only elucidated an im­portant phase in the history of anthropology, but they acknowledged the contributions of the first "mav­erick" women scholars.