Tales of Hopi Pottery: The Legacy of Historic Museum Collections


Oct 11, 2017, 6:00 pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Pueblo Sa'lakwmana ceramic effigy pitcher.
Pueblo Sa'lakwmana ceramic effigy pitcher.

Lea S. McChesney, Curator of Ethnology, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, The University of New Mexico

Harvard’s Peabody Museum houses an extraordinary collection of historic Hopi pottery (c. 1400–1900 CE), collected in the late nineteenth century by Thomas V. Keam, an Arizona trading post operator. Lea S. McChesney will discuss her work documenting and analyzing this collection, initiatives to facilitate access to heritage resources by contemporary Hopi practitioners, and recent shifts in the ways museums, researchers, and Native communities collaborate to use and interpret legacy collections.

Lecture. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Related exhibition: See Hopi ceramics from the Keam collection in All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology


Pueblo Sa'lakwmana ceramic effigy pitcher. Hopi country, Arizona. This water pitcher representing a female katsina, or spirit being, was one of 1,500 ceramic vessels made by Hopi Indian women that the Peabdoy Museum purchased from Arizona trader Thomas Keam in 1892. PM#43-39-10/25784. President and Fellows of Harvard College.