Duane Anderson

Research Associate


Native American Arts, Aesthetics, and Material Culture

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Duane Anderson is an anthropologist specializing in the pre-contact and historic period cultures of the American Southwest and Midwest (Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder, 1972). He spent twenty years in Iowa, serving as director of the Sanford Museum and Planetarium (1966–1975), and later as State Archaeologist of Iowa at the University of Iowa (1975–1986). At the University, he held teaching appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. He later served as executive director of the Dayton Museum of Natural History in Ohio (1986–1992) before taking a position at the School of American Research in Santa Fe (1992–1999), where he served as vice president and director of the Indian Arts Research Center. In 2000, Anderson assumed the directorship of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe (2000–2005). He is currently retired and living in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Throughout his career, Anderson has published numerous papers and monographs in the fields of archaeology, ethnohistory, paleontology, and museum studies, but in recent years he has concentrated on projects relating to Southwestern Native Arts and aesthetics. He is the author of All That Glitters: The Emergence of Native American Micaceous Pottery in Northern New Mexico (SAR Press, 1999); When Rain Gods Reigned: From Curios to Art at Tesuque Pueblo (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2002); and is the editor of Legacy: Southwest Indian Art at the School of American Research (SAR Press, 1999). His most recent book, The Pottery of Santa Ana Pueblo, was co-authored with Frank Harlow and Dwight Lanmon (MNM Press, 2005). He is currently serving as a Fulbright Senior Specialist working with Southwestern archaeological and ethnological collections in European museums.

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