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A Peculiar Alchemy

A Centennial History of SAR 1907–2007

Nancy Owen Lewis and Kay Leigh Hagan; Preface by James F. Brooks

A Peculiar Alchemy2007. 224 pp., 145 duotone and 50 color illustrations, chronology, notes, documentary list, index, 8.5 x 112007. 224 pp., 145 duotone and 50 color illustrations, chronology, notes, documentary list, index, 8.5 x 11

In 2007, SAR celebrated its 100th anniversary. Established to promote the study of American antiquity, the School now supports wide-ranging programs dedicated to increasing our understanding of human culture and evolution through the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Drawing upon historical records and dozens of interview with scholars, artists, staff, and members of the Board of Managers, this book brings to life the people, debates, conflicts, and creativity that make the School an exciting and thought-provoking place to study, work, and create. It serves at once as the story of an exceptional institution and a fascinating history of anthropology and anthropology’s diverse cast of characters.

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Awards

  • 2008 New Mexico Book Award
    Best History Book

Contributors: Kay Leigh Hagan, Nancy Owen Lewis

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  • “SAR has been for me a time and place of contemplation, good work, and fellowship--and above all, inspiration. I have been greatly blessed by the men and women who have walked these grounds with me. Here there is an air of challenge, well-being, and something like creative mischief. Deo gratias for such alchemy.”
    N. Scott Momaday

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