Brugge, David M.

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David L. Brugge was born in Jamestown, New York on September 3, 1927. He was drafted into the army in the fall of 1945 and served until the summer of 1947. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in 1950 he and a friend, Glen F. (Jim) Wilson, ran the Ayani Trading Company in Albuquerque Old Town. This business venture gave Brugge the opportunity to make contacts on buying trips to the reservations in the Southwest. In 1952 Brugge began his close association with the Navajo peoples when he started work in the Navajo Surplus Commodity Program based in Gallup for the New Mexico Department of Public Welfare. In 1953 he worked as a seasonal ranger at El Morro National Monument and from 1954-1957 he worked for the Unitarian Service Committee's Gallup Indian Community Center. For the next decade he conducted anthropological and ethnohistorical research for the Navajo Nation on various land disputes such as Healing vs. Jones, litigation resulting from the disagreement commonly known as the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute. He also worked on the Moenkopi Project, which concerned the creation of an exclusive Hopi use area near Tuba City, and the Navajo Land Claim case.

During Brugge's 20 years with the National Park Service he worked as Curator at the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona, archaeologist at the Chaco Center in Albuquerque, and Regional Curator for the Southwest Regional Office of the National Park Service at Santa Fe. In 1986 he co-founded the Navajo Studies Conference with Charlotte J. Frisbie. Since his retirement from the Park Service in 1989 he has worked as a consultant in anthropology and has been active in research in Navajo cultural history. Brugge has produced more than 150 publications. His articles and books are about archaeology, ethnology, ethnohistory, history, linguistics, ethnobotany, architecture, rock art, material culture, land use and contemporary Navajo life. He is a member of numerous national, regional and local anthropological and archaeological societies including American Archaeological Association, Plateau Sciences Society, Archaeological Society of New Mexico, American Society for Ethnohistory and Society for American Archaeology. In the spring of 2005 Brugge received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of New Mexico. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

From the description of David M. Brugge papers, 1904-2004 (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 74281945

David M. Brugge. (Box 1, Folder 1)

David L. Brugge was born in Jamestown, New York on September 3, 1927. He was drafted into the army in the fall of 1945 and served until the summer of 1947. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in 1950 he and a friend, Glen F. (Jim) Wilson, ran the Ayani Trading Company in Albuquerque Old Town. This business venture gave Brugge the opportunity to make contacts on buying trips to the reservations in the Southwest.

In 1952 Brugge began his close association with the Navajo peoples when he started work in the Navajo Surplus Commodity Program based in Gallup for the New Mexico Department of Public Welfare. In 1953 he worked as a seasonal ranger at El Morro National Monument and from 1954-1957 he worked for the Unitarian Service Committee's Gallup Indian Community Center. For the next decade he conducted anthropological and ethnohistorical research for the Navajo Nation on various land disputes such as Healing vs. Jones, litigation resulting from the disagreement commonly known as the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute. He also worked on the Moenkopi Project, which concerned the creation of an exclusive Hopi use area near Tuba City, and the Navajo Land Claim case.

During Brugge's 20 years with the National Park Service he worked as Curator at the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona, archaeologist at the Chaco Center in Albuquerque, and Regional Curator for the Southwest Regional Office of the National Park Service at Santa Fe. In 1986 he co-founded the Navajo Studies Conference with Charlotte J. Frisbie. Since his retirement from the Park Service in 1989 he has worked as a consultant in anthropology and has been active in research in Navajo cultural history.

Brugge has produced more than 150 publications. His articles and books are about archaeology, ethnology, ethnohistory, history, linguistics, ethnobotany, architecture, rock art, material culture, land use and contemporary Navajo life. He is a member of numerous national, regional and local anthropological and archaeological societies including American Archaeological Association, Plateau Sciences Society, Archaeological Society of New Mexico, American Society for Ethnohistory and Society for American Archaeology.

In the spring of 2005 Brugge received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of New Mexico. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sources: Diné Bíkéyah : Papers in Honor of David M. Brugge. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Archaeological Society of New Mexico, 1998.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site: An Administrative History, Chapter VIII, "The Curators of Hubbell Trading Post," National Park Service, Division of History, Southwest Cultural Resources Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, (Professional Papers, no. 46), 1993.

University of New Mexico UNM Today, "UNM spring commencement May 14 at University Arena; Brugge and Silko to receive honorary degrees," May 6, 2005.

From the guide to the David M. Brugge Papers, 1583-2009, 1952-2009, (Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.)

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creatorOf David M. Brugge Papers, 1583-2009, 1952-2009 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn Northern Tepehuan language material, 1951, 1956, 1958 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon papers, [ca. 1896-1946]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Maynard Dixon Papers, [ca. 1896-1946] Bancroft Library
creatorOf Brugge, David M. David M. Brugge papers, 1904-2004 University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Babbitt and Roberts Trading Post. Records, 1919-1977, (bulk 1919-1951). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn John Alden Mason papers, 1904-1967 American Philosophical Society
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referencedIn Brugge, David M. Chaco Research Archive
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associatedWith Babbitt and Roberts Trading Post. corporateBody
associatedWith Bascom, Burton W. person
associatedWith Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. person
associatedWith Frisbie, Charlotte Johnson person
associatedWith Littell, Norman M. (Norman Mather), 1899- person
associatedWith Mason, John Alden, 1885-1967 person
associatedWith Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission corporateBody
associatedWith Navajo Tribe corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Bennett Freeze Area
Arizona
Ganado (Ariz.)
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (Ganado, Ariz.)
Hopi Tribe of Arizona
Chaco Canyon (N.M.)
Hopi Tribe of Arizona
Moenkopi (Ariz.)
Moenkopi (Ariz.)
Hubbell House (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Subject
Indians of North America--Land tenure
Indians of North America--Land tenure--Arizona
Navajo Indians--Land tenure
Indian reservations--Arizona
Hopi Indians--Land tenure
Indian land transfers--Arizona
Navajo Indians--Relocation
Indian land transfers
Indian reservations
Archaeology
Excavations (Archeology)
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