William Neil Smith and the Seri Indians: Photographs, Letters and Field Notes

William Neil Smith and the Seri Indians: Photographs, Letters and Field Notes Dav i D B u r c k h a lt e r IntroductIon Answering a knock on my door one July afternoon back in 1970, I was greeted by two grizzled curmudgeons. I'd never seen either one m before. They turned out to be Tucson stalwarts, anthropologist William Neil "Seri Bill" Smith and artist Ted De Grazia. Smith and De Grazia wanted to see color photographs Seri Indians (Comcaac) of Sonora. They were looking for fresh material to help illustrate a Seri exhibition to be presented that fall at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. I was a fledgling photographer and importer of baskets and ironwood carvings, and had been going to the Seri villages of Punta Chueca and Desemboque for just about a year. Their visit came as quite a surprise, to say the least. Bill Smith and Ted De Grazia chose twenty of my color transparencies to be printed for the museum show. And so I was off to Los Angeles for the Seri exhibition opening and the book signing Seri Indians: A Primitive People of Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California, illustrated by De Grazia, the text written by Smith. What impressed me http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Southwest Southwest Center (Univ of Arizona)

William Neil Smith and the Seri Indians: Photographs, Letters and Field Notes

Journal of the Southwest, Volume 55 (1) – Jul 3, 2013

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Dav i D B u r c k h a lt e r IntroductIon Answering a knock on my door one July afternoon back in 1970, I was greeted by two grizzled curmudgeons. I'd never seen either one m before. They turned out to be Tucson stalwarts, anthropologist William Neil "Seri Bill" Smith and artist Ted De Grazia. Smith and De Grazia wanted to see color photographs Seri Indians (Comcaac) of Sonora. They were looking for fresh material to help illustrate a Seri exhibition to be presented that fall at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles. I was a fledgling photographer and importer of baskets and ironwood carvings, and had been going to the Seri villages of Punta Chueca and Desemboque for just about a year. Their visit came as quite a surprise, to say the least. Bill Smith and Ted De Grazia chose twenty of my color transparencies to be printed for the museum show. And so I was off to Los Angeles for the Seri exhibition opening and the book signing Seri Indians: A Primitive People of Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California, illustrated by De Grazia, the text written by Smith. What impressed me

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Published: Jul 3, 2013

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