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Documenting Diversity draws on the collections of the National Anthropological Archives and Smithsonian Libraries to examine the ways anthropologists have recorded and shared their observations in the field in the past and present, through the lens of the media used in anthropological field work—paper, photography, sound, and film.
The exhibition traces the Smithsonian’s role in shaping the discipline, touches on the complex history of anthropological work, and demonstrates the continued relevance of these remarkable records of our global diversity. Created through relationships shaped by colonialism, today they are actively used by communities for cultural, political, and linguistic revitalization.
Curated by Diana E. Marsh and Joshua A. Bell
at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives
and Human Studies Film Archives,
Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History
VISIT THE EXHIBITION
Now through October 18, 2022
National Museum of Natural History, Ground Floor
10th St. and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560
Collaboratively produced by the National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Libraries
Documenting Diversity is made possible through the generous support of:
Robert C. and Cary T. Roberts
Ruth O. Selig