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John C. Ewers fonds

Copied 2006 (originally created 1944-1972)

Physical Description:
25 cm of textual records

John Canfield Ewers, 1909-1997, was born in the USA. He studied under Clark Wissler at Yale University, and became an ethnologist who specialized in the Blackfoot (Blackfeet). In the early 1940s he helped establish the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana. After serving in the Second World war he was hired by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC as an ethnologist. In 1951 he undertook field work on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta. At the Smithsonian he became the director of what became the Museum of History and Technology, and subsequently worked as senior ethnologist. He retired in 1978. His books include Plains Indian Painting (1939), The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture (1955), and The Blackfeet : Raiders on the Northwestern Plains (1958).

Custodial History:
These photocopies were acquired by the Glenbow Archives from the Smithsonian Institution in 2006, on the specific request of Red Crow Community College on the Blood reserve.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of photocopies of Ewers' field notes while on the Blood reserve (1951), correspondence with Hugh Dempsey and Claude Schaeffer about Blackfoot research (1949-1958), and various subject and correspondence files related to Blackfoot research, the Blood Motoki (Matoki) Society, and the horse. Includes files about Blackfoot art and material culture at the Denver Art Museum, Museum of the Southern Plains Indians in Anadarko, and the New York Historical Society's Jarvis Collection.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The originals are held by the National Anthropological Archives of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

No restrictions on access. Permission to publish, broadcast or exhibit this material must be requested in writing from the Smithsonian.

Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)

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