Social Life

Group around campfire, 1938. PM 2004.
Wedding portrait of J. O. Brew and Evelyn Nimmo at “New Awatovi,” 1939. PM 2004.
The "jitterbugs." PM 2004.

Of the Peabody Museum’s nearly 3,000 Awatovi photographs, about half are of the excavation; the rest are of camp society. Life “in the field” can be intense, and expedition participants were forever bound by shared experiences. Their most durable recollections are often celebratory: visits to Hopi First and Second Mesas to watch ceremonial dances; Halloween; Thanksgiving; birthday parties; and the social event of the 1939 field season, the marriage of J. O. Brew and Evelyn Nimmo.