J. Andrew Darling

William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar


Hrdlicka’s Heart of Darkness

J. Andrew DarlingJ. Andrew Darling2009 William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer ScholarJ. Andrew Darling2009 William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar

During his tenure at SAR, Andrew Darling made significant progress on a monograph about the early career of physical anthropologist Ales Hrdlicka. Although Hrdlicka’s later career has received considerable attention, far less is known about his formative years. Darling draws on extensive archival research conducted at the American Museum of Natural History and other repositories. His work is also informed through direct experience with the repatriation of Hrdlicka’s collections to the Gila River Indian Community and the Sonoran and Pascua Yaqui Indian tribes. By the end of his fellowship, Darling had written sixty pages and completed nearly three of his six chapters. His fellowship played a critical role in his success, for as he explains, “after completing nine years working for an Indian tribe, the Adams fellowship brought me back into contact with a project begun more than ten years ago. It is hard to express how important a step this was for me.” He is currently seeking a contract for this book, which he plans to finish next year.

Affiliation at time of award:
Program Coordinator, Cultural Resource Management Program, Gila River Indian Community

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