Cushing, Frank Hamilton, 1857-1900

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Birth 1857-07-22
Death 1900-04-10

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Ethnologist with Bureau of American Ethnology, Washington, D.C., 1879-1900. Studied the Zunis.

From the description of Frank Hamilton Cushing envelope to Houghton Mifflin & Co. [manuscript], [1892] Nov 14. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 648006577


From the description of Letters, 1882-1893. (Southern Methodist University). WorldCat record id: 17700570

Frank Hamilton Cushing was an ethnographer and early participant observer to the Pueblo of Zuni, where he lived from 1879-1884. He was adopted into the Zuni tribe. During the late 1880's he interested wealthy socialite Mary Hemenway into funding an archaeological expedition to find the origins of the Zuni people. The project began in 1887 with the excavation at Los Muertos, AZ and then moved to the Zuni Reservation. Cushing became ill and was removed from the Project in 1889. He continued to work for the Bureau of American Ethnology during this time and until his death in 1900. He also worked on the Pepper-Hearst Archaeological Expedition to Florida (1891-1896) where they excavated the Key Marcos site.

From the description of Frank Hamilton Cushing Manuscript Collection papers, 1879- 1900 / Frank H. Cushing. 1879-1900. (Southwest Museum, Braun Research Library). WorldCat record id: 30984954

From the guide to the My Adventures in Zuni: Typescript, 18--, (Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.)

American ethnologist who worked for the Bureau of Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution.

From the description of Letter books of Frank Hamilton Cushing, 1886-1896. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 72471407

Frank H. Cushing was an ethnologist who lived with and wrote about the Zuni, in the latter part of the 19th century.

From the description of My Adventures in Zuni : typescript, [18--]. (Museum of New Mexico Library). WorldCat record id: 37236018


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  • Indians of North America--Antiquities
  • Zuni Indians--Social life and customs
  • Indians of North America--Southwest, New
  • Archaeological expeditions--Archival resources
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  • Indians of North America--Southwest, New--Antiquities
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