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Hail at the Brooklyn Museum when consultant for TIPI exhibit, 2011.
In 1955 the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology transformed from a private collection with few viewers to a university museum with a diversified audience and a profound commitment to the indigenous peoples, world-wide, whose artifacts the museum held. Douglas Anderson embedded this philosophy into our first mission statement, writing that we have a responsibility to the communities from whom our collections have come. Continue reading
I’d like to tell a brief story of my first encounter with Dr. Louis Giddings, because I think it gives good insight into the educator and extraordinarily kind, generous, and modest man that he was as both professor of anthropology and director of the Haffenreffer Museum.
I came to Brown in the fall of 1966 as a graduate student in anthropology. Lou Giddings had died a few years earlier, but his influence was still strong and his widow, Betsy, was continuing his work at the museum. I visited the museum several times a year during my graduate years and there was always a department party on the museum grounds each spring. Doug and Wanni Anderson lived in the small house on the water and Betsy was in the “big house.” Although I eventually focused on cultural anthropology for my doctoral work, my MA was in archaeology, supervised by Jim Deetz. None of my MA work involved artifacts from the museum, but I continued to visit and view the collections and used some as a subject for a paper I wrote for Alex Ricciardelli, then a professor of anthropology at Brown.