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2009-4889   (E411717) Canoe model made by Jimmie Jensaw (14 yrs. old),  Yurok, at Requa, California. Collected by E. G. Johnson for John Peabody Harrington. Gift of Awona Harrington Photograph by Donald E. Hurlbert E411717, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian InstitutionIn addition to the National Anthropological Archives (NAA), materials assembled by J. P. Harrington can be found in the Anthropology Collection of the National Museum of Natural History as well as in other museums around the country. The earliest material is from the Mohave of Arizona and was sent to the museum by J. P. Harrington before he came to work for the Smithsonian. The latest material, basketry from northern California, was sent by J. P. Harrington’s daughter Awona after his death. A future goal of this web site is to reconnect these objects with associated manuscripts, photographs, and plant samples. Click here for a brief overview of Harrington artifacts.


Material Culture Collection Inventory

online database with associated digital images, when available

html version of the inventory

pdf inventory of collection items (download)

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Sincere appreciation and thanks to those who helped make the Harrington collection more widely accessible to the interested public. Support for preparation and digitization of the collection for online access has been provided by the following:

Arcadia Fund; Colorado College Library; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua; Pechanga Band of Luiseno; Recovering Voices, SI; Rosetta Project, Long Now Foundation; Save America’s Treasures, DoI; Matthew Vestuto, on behalf of Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians; Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS); and the Collections Program of the National Museum of Natural History.


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