Current Adoptable Artifacts

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Early 20th Century carved Hopi figure, 25 inches tall. This spectacular early carving is either a Butterfly Maiden effigy or Butterfly Maiden Katsina doll (Palhikwmana katsina).  Acquired by the Amerind Museum in 1942, Catalog No. 565. It is one of the outstanding Hopi wood carvings in the Amerind collection.
  Early to Mid-19th Century Koniag (Alutiig) spruce root hat from Kodiak Island, Alaska. This spectacular hunter’s hat, measuring over 14 inches in diameter and 8 inches in height, was acquired from the Museum of the American Indian (Heye Foundation) in 1944. It is one of only a handful of surviving spruce root hats in the world. Amerind Catalog No. 641.
  Prehistoric Moche deer effigy ceramic vessel from Northern Perú.  This beautiful  1500 year old effigy vessel was acquired from a private collector in 1956. The Moche civilization of northern coastal Peru was noted for its monumental architecture, gold work, rich iconography, and superb decorated ceramics depicting various human and animal forms. Amerind Catalog No. 2473.
Inuit (Eskimo) wooden mask from Anvik, Alaska, acquired from the Museum of the American Indian in 1943. Measuring 13 inches in height and manufactured of driftwood, bone,  and feathers, Inuit masks were used in traditional dances. This mask probably dates to the late 19th-early 20th Century.  Amerind Catalog No. 194. 
  Third phase Navajo Chief’s blanket purchased by Rose Hayden Fulton in 1905 from the Fred Harvey Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The blanket was meant to be worn and probably took at least 2 years to finish.  Based on a study of the yarns used, Dr. Ann Hedlund suggests that the work was woven around 1878.  It is 76 inches wide by 54 inches.  Amerind Catalog No. 548.
  Apache coiled olla basket recovered from a cave in southeastern Arizona in 1910 by a young goatherd. Manufactured of split willow and devils claw, the basket was a 2010 gift to the Amerind from the Magoffin family of Cochise County. The basket measures 20 inches high and 17 inches in diameter and is in pristine condition, despite being left in the cave sometime prior to 1886 (the date of the last Chiricahua Apache surrender). It is possible that this is the only surviving Chiricahua coiled basket in existence. Recent Amerind Acquisition.

  Kechipawa Polychrome Jar recovered during the Heye Foundation’s excavations near the ancestral Zuni site of Hawikuh, in western New Mexico. An example of an early fifteenth century Zuni  glaze ware, the jar measures 7 inches high and 10  inches in diameter and is in nearly perfect condition. Hawikuh was the first Pueblo village encountered by the first Spanish entrada to enter the Southwest, the infamous Coronado expedition, in the summer of 1540. After a brief conflict, the pueblo was sacked and burned by Spanish forces.
  Seri  Deer Skin Jacket. This jacket was acquired by collector William Neil Smith in the Seri community of Desemboque, Sonora, Mexico, in the late 1940s. The jacket, made from the hide of a young fawn, measures just over 10 inches tall and was apparently made for a young boy. The jacket was acquired from José Astorga of Desemboque and sold to William Shirley Fulton in 1954. Amerind Catalog No. 2066.
  Ramos Polychrome jar featuring two highly stylized bird-like figures, measuring just over 9 inches in diameter and 6 inches in height. The vessel was found near Colonia Juarez in northern Chihuahua, Mexico, and presented to Amerind’s founder, William Shirley Fulton, by rancher David Spillsbury in 1963. One of the finest examples of Casas Grandes ceramic art ever found, the vessel was made sometime between AD 1250 and 1450. Amerind Catalog No. 4002.
  Amerind’s “Logo Pot” was found during Amerind excavations at the Gleeson Site near Gleeson, Arizona, in 1939. This Dragoon Red-on-brown bowl, measuring just over 5 inches in diameter, is typical of the Desert Hohokam ceramics produced in southeastern Arizona between AD 850 and 1150. It’s exquisite embedded star design would become the logo of the Amerind Foundation. Amerind Catalog No. G39/189.
  The frock coat and vest from a three-piece deer skin suit worn by John Brandt (1794-1832), son of famed Mohawk chief Joseph Brandt. The deer skin clothes are decorated with dyed porcupine quills. This historic suit was probably made and worn in the early 19th Century, and became part of the Amerind collection in 1967. Amerind Catalog Nos. 5908 and 5910.

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