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The Peabody Museum publishes a variety of print and electronic publications. The Peabody Museum Press publishes books relating to archaeology and anthropology. Out-of-copyright titles (published 1888-1929) are now coming available in electronic form here. The Museum also publishes the journal RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, available through University of Chicago Press, and several electronic journals and newsletters.  Use the links at left to browse or locate Peabody publications

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by David Odo

Foreword by Elizabeth Edwards

When Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1860s, delicately hand-tinted photographic prints of Japanese people and landscapes were among its earliest and most popular exports. Renowned European photographers Raimund von Stillfried and Felice Beato established studios in Japan in the 1860s; the work was soon taken up by their Japanese protégés and successors Kuichi Uchida, Kimbei Kusakabe, and others. Hundreds of these photographs, collected by travelers from the Boston area, were eventually donated to Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, where they were archived for their ethnographic content and as scientific evidence of an “exotic” culture.

In this elegant volume, visual anthropologist David Odo examines the Peabody’s collection of Japanese photographs and the ways in which such objects were produced, acquired, and circulated in the nineteenth century. His innovative study reveals how the images’ shifting and contingent uses—from tourist souvenir to fine art print to anthropological “type” record—were framed by the desires and cultural preconceptions of makers and consumers alike. Understood as both images and objects, the prints embody complex issues of history, culture, representation, and exchange.

8 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches
144 pages
73 color photographs, 2 halftones
ISBN: 978-1-87365-408-1

The exhibition “From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs” runs from June 22, 2015, to September 27, 2015, at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

The past Peabody Museum exhibition "A Good Type: Tourism and Science in Early Japanese Photographs" can now be viewed online.

To purchase The Journey of "A Good Type" online, visit Harvard University Press.

Cover of "The Journey of 'A Good Type'"

Edited by Francesco Pellizzi
RES 64/65 includes:

“Editorial: Old and new angels–visible/invisible” by Francesco Pellizzi

“Masterful hands” by Stephen Houston, Barbara Fash, and David Stuart

“Encounters with dragons” by Mary Weismantel

“Why give birth to enemies?" by Guilhem Olivier

“The materiality of color in the body ornamentation of Aztec gods” by Élodie Dupey García

“Crucifixion piety in New Mexico” by Cristina Cruz González

“A new ordering of Adena tablets based on a deeper reading of the McKensie Tablet” by Duncan Caldwell

“A terrifying mimesis” by  Z. S. Strother

“Franchising minkisi in Loango” by Wyatt MacGaffey

“Alluring obscurity” by Lisa Homann

“Pausanias and the figural decoration of Greek sacred architecture” by Clemente Marconi

“The aesthetics of landscape and icon at Sinai” by Bissera V. Pentcheva

“The gifts of the Gorgon” by Paroma Chatterjee

“Vain labor(?)” by Achim Timmermann

“Seeing through stone” by Karen Overbey

“The crucifixions of Velázquez and Zurbarán” by Juan José Lahuerta

“The space of knowledge” by Noam Andrews

“Heritage and humility in the Republic of Tools” by Katrin Seyler

“The pulpit trap” by Ines G. Zupanov

“Antimatter” by Edward Vazquez

“Visual difficulty as a cultural system” by Bret Rothstein

Contributions to Lectures, Documents, and Discussions by Remo Bodei, Alessandra Russo, Éric Michaud, Maria H. Loh, Ara H. Merjian, and Roberto Calasso. 

Paper $75.
416 pages
209 halftones, 26 line illustrations
To purchase Res: 65/66 2014/2015 online, visit Harvard University Press.

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NEPAL: 1975 - 2011
by Kevin Bubriski

Preface by Robert Gardner

Essay by Charles Ramble, Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and President of the International Association for Tibetan Studies

"The photographs are a work of love"
—Donatella Lorch, "A Timeless Portrait of Nepal" Lens (blog), The New York Times 

Photographer Kevin Bubriski has been visually documenting the country and people of Nepal since his first visit in 1975. Sent as a young Peace Corps volunteer to the northwest Karnali Zone, the country’s remotest and most economically depressed region, he spent three years walking the length and breadth of the Karnali, planning and overseeing construction of gravity flow drinking water pipelines. He also photographed the local villagers, producing an extraordinary series of 35mm and large format black-and-white images.

For nearly four decades, Bubriski has maintained his close association with Nepal and its people. Both visual anthropology and cultural history, this remarkable body of photographic work documents Nepal’s evolution from a traditional Himalayan kingdom to a rapidly changing, globalized society. Nepal: 1975–2011 also offers an incisive and comprehensive look at the aesthetic evolution of an important contemporary photographer.

Kevin Bubriski is Assistant Professor of Photography at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, and was the 2010 recipient of the Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.

Nepal: 1975–2011 is co-published with Radius Books of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Clothbound 12 x 11 inches
304 pages, 200 duotone illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-934435-72-4
Trade Edition: $65.00

"[Bubriski] has aimed to 'document what is, what presents itself.' Today he is worried about the remote villages, the rural areas, the landslides triggered by the quake. ... 'The loss,' he says, 'is far beyond belief or comprehension.'"
—Rena Silverman, "Nepal, Before the Earthquake Struck: A Photographer's Portfolio," NPR.
"As evidenced by his recent publication...Nepal 1975–2011, an adept and insightful eye will always reveal thought-provoking ways to engage another world."
—Bret Chenkin, Art New England

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Edited by Francesco Pellizzi

RES 63/64 includes:

“Source and trace” by Christopher S. Wood

“Climatic variability and pictorial oscillation“ by Whitney Davis

“Timelessness, fluidity, and Apollo’s libation“ by Milette Gaifman

“A liquid history: Blood and animation in late medieval art” by Beate Fricke

“Drawing blood” by Anne Dunlop

“Guercino’s ‘wet’ drawing” by Nicola Suthor

“Volcano equals head equals kiln equals phallus: Connecting Gauguin’s metaphors of the creative act” by Dario Gamboni

“On sources: Mythical and historical thinking in fin-de-siècle Vienna” by Mario Wimmer

“A Neolithic childhood: Children’s drawings as prehistoric sources” by Barbara Wittmann

“The form of the indistinct: Picasso and the rise of ‘Generic Creativity’” by Gabriele Guercio

“Trace and source in Walter Benjamin’s thought: About a polarity” by Chiara Cappelletto

“Modern architecture and prehistory: Retracing The Eternal Present (Sigfried Giedion and André Leroi-Gourhan)” by Spyros Papapetros

“The readymade metabolized: Fluxus in life” by David Joselit

“Catastrophes and their images: Event and pictorial act” by Jörg Trempler

“Picabia’s quasi-name” by Aurélie Verdier

Contributions to Lectures, Documents, and Discussions by Frank Fehrenbach; Alexander Nemerov; Remo Guidieri; Félix Duque; Marvin Trachtenberg; Alexander Nagel; Robert Smithson (with Irving Sandler and Alexander Nagel); Anna Begicheva (with Natasha Kurchanova); Francesco Pellizzi; and D. Graham Burnett, Jac Mullen, and Sal Randolph.

Winter 2013
Paper $60
360 pages, 168 black & white illustrations 

To purchase Res: 63/64 online, visit Harvard University Press.

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The Pictographic "Autobiography of Half Moon"

by Castle McLaughlin

Foreword by Chief Joseph Brings Plenty, Cheyenne River Sioux

Candace Greene

The composite nineteenth-century document known as "The Pictorial Autobiography of Half Moon, an Uncpapa Sioux Chief" has at its core seventy-seven drawings made by Lakota warriors of the northern Plains. Found in a funerary tipi on the Little Bighorn battlefield after Custer's defeat in 1876, the drawings are from a captured ledger book that was later acquired by Chicago journalist James "Phocion" Howard. Howard added an illustrated introduction and leather binding and presented the document as the autobiographical work of a "chief" named Half Moon.

Anthropologist Castle McLaughlin probes the complex life history and cultural significance of the ledger and demonstrates that the dramatic drawings, mostly of war exploits, were created by at least six different warrior-artists. Examining how allied Lakota and Cheyenne warriors understood their graphic records of warfare as objects as well as images, McLaughlin introduces the concept of "war books"—documents that were captured and modified by Native warriors in order to appropriate the power of Euroamerican literacy. Together, the vivid first-person depictions in the ledger—now in the collection of Harvard's Houghton Library—make up a rare Native American record of historic events that likely occurred between 1866 and 1868 during Red Cloud's War along the Bozeman Trail.

A complete color facsimile of the Houghton ledger is reproduced in this ground-breaking volume.

Castle McLaughlin is Peabody Museum Curator of North American Ethnology.

Houghton Library Studies 4
$50.00 • £37.95 • €45.00
ISBN 9780981885865
368 pages
7 x 10 inches
200 color illustrations, 10 halftones, 2 maps

"McLaughlin’s latest publication brings readers into the world of the real Crazy Horse. … As McLaughlin explains, these [ledger] drawings are as rich and informative as any Euro‐American literary text"
—Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, The Conversation
"...completely engrossing."
—David Wilk, WritersCast: The Voice of Writing

To purchase A Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn online, visit Harvard University Press.

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A Lakota War Book

by Stephen Dupont

Foreword by Robert Gardner

Essay by Bob Connolly

"Best Books 2013...The attraction of Dupont's books is that his photographs exhibit enormous passion and enthusiasm and are an effort to unlock the nature of the relationship between photographer and subject."
THE Magazine

This publication records acclaimed Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s journey through some of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) most important cultural and historical zones: the Highlands, Sepik, Bougainville, and the capital city of Port Moresby. Through images and personal diaries, Dupont’s remarkable body of work captures the human spirit of the people of PNG in their transition from tribalism to globalization. The project was conducted in 2011 with the support of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography given by Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Piksa Niugini consists of two hardcover books inside a special slipcase. The first volume is a collection of portraits in luscious duotone and 4-color reproduction; the second is a vibrant collection of the diaries, drawings, contact sheets, and documentary photographs that chronicle Dupont’s experience and working process and richly contextualize the more formal images in volume one. An exhibition of Dupont's New Guinea photographs is on display at the Peabody through September 2, 2013.

Dupont’s photographs have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into peoples, cultures, and communities that are under threat or in the process of rapid change. The photographer’s many awards include a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation from the Overseas Press Club of America, a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize, and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award. In 2007 Dupont was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Aperture, Newsweek, GQ, French and German GEO, Le Figaro, Liberation, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, Time, and Vanity Fair.

Piksa Niugini: Portraits and Diaries is co-published with Radius Books of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2 volumes, hardbound in slipcase. 8.5 x 11 inches.
Volume 1, Portraits: 144 pages, 80 duotone, 6 color images.
Volume 2, Diaries: 216 pages, 146 color images.
Trade edition $60.00

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Stephen Dupont Piksa Niugini

A Biographical History, 1790–1940

By David L. Browman and Stephen Williams

"A monumental achievement"--American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Anthropology at Harvard recounts the rich and complex history of anthropology at America’s oldest university, beginning with the earliest precursors of the discipline within the study of natural history. The story unfolds through fascinating vignettes about the many individuals—famous and obscure alike—who helped shape the discipline at Harvard College and the Peabody Museum. Lively anecdotes provide in-depth portraits of dozens of key individuals, including Louis and Alexander Agassiz, Frederic Ward Putnam, Mary Hemenway, Alice Cunningham Fletcher, Sylvanus Morley, A. V. Kidder, and Antonio Apache. The text also throws new light on longstanding puzzles and debates, such as Franz Boas’s censure by the American Anthropological Association and the involvement of Harvard archaeologists in espionage work for the U.S. government during World War I.

The authors take a “cohort” perspective, looking beyond the big names to the larger network of colleagues that formed the dynamic backdrop to the development of ideas. The significant contributions of amateurs and private funders to the early growth of the field are highlighted, as is the active participation of women and of students and scholars of diverse ethnic backgrounds. A monumental achievement, Anthropology at Harvard makes an important contribution to the history of Americanist anthropology.

Peabody Museum Monographs 11
$65.00 • £48.95 • €58.50
ISBN 978087365913
602 pages
7 x 10 inches
50 black and white illustrations

"Overall, Anthropology at Harvard provides a comprehensive view of the East Coast development of the discipine and handles a prodigious amount of data remarkably well."
—Donald McVicker, Isis
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"Anthropology at Harvard will serve as an important, though limited, work of reference for historians of archaeology and anthropology."
—Vincent Crapanzano, "Natives," The Times Literary Supplement
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Anthropology at Harvard

The Chauncey C. Nash Collection of Inuit Art

by Maija M. Lutz

In the late 1950s, Chauncey C. Nash started collecting Inuit carvings just as the art of printmaking was being introduced in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), an Inuit community on Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Nash donated some 300 prints and sculptures to Harvard’s Peabody Museum—one of the oldest collections of early modern Inuit art. The Peabody collection includes not only early Inuit sculpture but also many of the earliest prints on paper made by the women and men who helped propel Inuit art onto the world stage.

Author Maija M. Lutz draws from ethnology, archaeology, art history, and cultural studies to tell the story of a little-known collection that represents one of the most vibrant and experimental periods in the development of contemporary Inuit art. Lavishly illustrated, Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors presents numerous never-before-published gems, including carvings by the artists John Kavik, Johnniebo Ashevak, and Peter Qumalu POV Assappa. This latest contribution to the award-winning Peabody Museum Collections Series fills an important gap in the literature of Native American art.

Peabody Museum Collections Series
$21.95 • £16.95 • €19.80
ISBN 9780873654074
8 x 8-1/2 inches
72 color illustrations, 15 halftones

To purchase Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors online, visit Harvard University Press.

Hunters, Carvers, and Collectors

Award-Winning Books

Kevin Bubriski
First Edition 2014
Third Place, New England Museum Association, Cover, General Trade category, 2014

The Pictographic "Autobiography of Half Moon"
Castle McLaughlin
First Edition: 2013

Winner, Western Heritage Award for Nonfiction Book, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 2015

Winner, 57th New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2014

Joint First Place, New England Museum Association, Books, Museum Budget over $500K category, 2014

Portraits and Diaries
Stephen Dupont
First Edition: 2013

Winner, 57th New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2014

Joint First Place, New England Museum Association, Books, Museum Budget over $500K category, 2014

Dayanita Singh
Text by Aveek Sen
First Edition: 2011

Finalist, 55rd New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2011

Media and Messages
Jeffrey Quilter
First Edition: 2011

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Award, Multicultural category, 2011

A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus
Samina Quraeshi
Essays by Ali Asani, Carl W. Ernst, and Kamil Khan Mumtaz
First Edition: 2010

Winner, 53rd New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2010

Bronze Medal, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Religion category, 2009

Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Multicultural Non-Fiction category, 2010

Eight Photographers
Conceived by Robert Gardener
Edited by Charles Warren
First Edition: 2009

Finalist, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Photography category, 2009

Winner, 53rd New England Book Show, General Trade Illustrated Book category, 2010

Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Art/Music/Photography category, 2010

First Place, New England Museum Association, Books over $10 category, 2010

Finalist, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Award, Arts category, 2010

The Story of an Archaeological Expedition in Northern Arizona 1935–1939
Hester A. Davis

Winner, 52nd New England Book Show, General Trade Cover category, 2009

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Regional Book Gold Award, 2009

Tlingit Carved Horn Spoons
Anne-Marie Victor-Howe

Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Multicultural Non-Fiction category, 2008

New Guinea Photographs, 1961
Kevin Bubriski

Bronze Medal, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Photography category, 2007

Gold Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Benjamin Franklin Award, Interior Design 1-2 Color category, 2008

Chronicle of a Film
Robert Gardner

Honorable Mention, New England Museum Association, Books over $10 category, 2008

Mimbres Pottery of the American Southwest
Steven A. LeBlanc

2006 New England Museum Association, First Place, Design