The majority of ethnographic collection was donated by private individuals who lived in the Pocatello area around the turn-of-the-century. The ethnographic collections focus on the Native American cultures of the Great Basin and Plateau areas of North America, and are particularly strong in Shoshonean materials (including an excellent basketry collection and extensive photographic archives). Various categories of material culture are represented including household equipment, travel/transportation gear, clothing, and personal adornment. Other regions represented in the collections include the Subarctic, the Arctic, the Great Plains, the American Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the New Hebrides Islands, the South Pacific, Zululand, and Southeast Asia; as well as the nations of Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, New Caledonia, Fiji, and Poland.
Most of the ethnographic materials have not been studied in detail, and we welcome proposals to conduct original research on any aspect of the Ethnographic Collections. The policy for access and use can be found at the link below.
For more information please contact:
Amber M. Tews
Anthropology Collection Manager
Idaho Museum of Natural History
921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8096
Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8096
(208) 282-2451 . FAX 208-282-5893