Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology


Contexts Publications, Books, and Reports.

Annual Report: Contexts

Contexts is the Haffenreffer Museum's Annual Report highlighting events, research projects, student projects, educational programs, recent acquisitions, and more.


The Museum's staff have produced many books, articles, and research reports through the years. Many can be downloaded electronically. Below is our list of publications and links to their electronic copies, when available.

Curated and written by Caroline Frank and Kevin P. Smith, with Kirsten Hammerstrom (2012) | In commemoration of Providence’s 375th anniversary, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and the Rhode Island Historical Society presented an exhibition of rare, early Rhode Island artifacts in Manning Hall.
Edited by Barbara A. Hail (2000) | This book represents a collaboration between the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, and members of Kiowa and Comanche cradle-making families. With an introduction by N. Scott Momaday, it includes an essay by Barbara Hail on the historic origins of lattice cradles, and essays by eleven descendants of cradle makers.
By Alison Fields (2002) | This catalog, designed to accompany the exhibition Kayak, Umiak, Canoe, investigates the life of Ferdinand Bach as artist and collector and interprets 19 model watercraft from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest Coast, from his collection that formed the centerpiece of the exhibition.
By Barbara A. Hail (1993) | A superb and comprehensive study of the wide range of Plains Indian art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Representing a period of fine craftsmanship, HAU, KOLA! examines male and female clothing from footwear to headgear, ornaments, childhood articles, weapons, tools, utensils, musical instruments, pouches, horsegear, pipes and more.
By Joan A. Lester (1993) | Tomah Joseph was an artist, canoe guide, craftsman, storyteller, and major purveyor of Passamaquoddy arts and traditions to the outside world. In this 20 page catalog with 50 black and white photos, author Joan Lester, Curator of Native American Collections at the Children's Museum Boston, examines Tomah Joseph's life and his art.
Edited by Brian S. Robinson, James B. Peterson and Ann K. Robinson (1992) | A significant body of work conducted in the past decade is presented which counters the "low population model" in the Northeast during the early Holocene (approx. 10,000 to 6000 years BP) and provides fresh insights into the lifeways and archaeological record of early post-Pleistocene cultures and adaptations in northeastern North America.
By Barbara Hail and Kate Duncan (1989) | Out of the North examines Subarctic Algonquin and Athapaskan arts of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as traditional arts today. Essays explore the region and its people, styles and style change, maintaining traditions, and women's art as well as the journeys of Victorian traveler Emma Shaw Colcleugh, whose collection forms the core of the catalog.
Photographs by Salvatore Mancini with an essay by Polly Schaafsma and an artist's statement (1988) | During several trips to New Mexico and Arizona Mancini documented petroglyphs and rock paintings. His intuitive feelings for the subject matter bring these images to life. Schaafsma's essay provides context for Mancini's photographs and contemplates possible meanings of the rock art.
By Peter Allen, Joyce Ronald Smith, loan Bouza Koster (1985) | An in-depth analysis of the female costume of the Sarakatsani, a nomadic group of mainland Greece, based upon a full costume in the Haffenreffer Museum Collection. Includes ethnographic notes and an account of contemporary Sarakatsani weaving.
By Thierry Gentis (1983) | This volume documents the Museum's African collection, which includes late 19th century artifacts collected by Brown University Baptist missionaries, and others acquired since then through significant private donations.
Edited by Susan G. Gibson (1980) | The Burr's Hill Cemetery archeological site was excavated and looted in 1913 by Warren residents. This volume not only reconstructs the excavation, but also includes a complete catalog of the extant collection from the site, with analytical essays concerning 17th century Wampanoag material culture. (Out of Print)
By Kenneth Kensinger, Phyllis Rabineau, Helen Tanner, Susan G. Ferguson, Alice Dawson (1975) | This catalog of his collection includes photos from the field, analyses of Cashinahua material culture, and Kensinger's discussions about the process of learning their language and the ways in which the Cashinahua order their world.

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