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Established in 1937, the Amerind foundation and Museum seeks to foster and promote knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, and conservation.
The Amerind Foundation was founded in 1937 by William Shirley Fulton (1880-1964) as a private, nonprofit archaeological research institution.
Fulton believed that one of the few means of interpreting ancient cultures was through the collection and preservation of their surviving material remains. He also believed that contemporary Indian cultures could help to interpret the past, but that many native traditions were rapidly disappearing under the influences of the modern world.
These beliefs were central to Fulton's own studies, to his active support of other archaeologists, and why he created one of the finest private museum collections of ethnographic and archaeological materials anywhere. The years from 1937 witnessed the expansion of the Amerind facility as the Museum, Library, Art Gallery (primarily Mrs. Fulton’s contribution), laboratories, storage, workshops, and staff housing were constructed.Throughout its history, Amerind has continued to pursue archaeological research that contributes significantly to our knowledge of the American Southwest and Northern Mexican prehistory. Although the Amerind, at this point, is no longer engaged in archaeological excavations, we contribute to the field by hosting 3-5 advanced seminars each year, bringing together archaeologists, anthropologists and other scholars to discuss, debate, and synthesize work on various topics.Seminar proceedings are regularly published in Amerind's New World Studies Series through the University of Arizona Press.
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