Daughters of the Desert: Women Anthropologists and Students of the Native American Southwest


Mar 15-23, 1986

Organized by

Barbara Babcock and Nancy Parezo


Tucson, Arizona


Daughters of the Desert: Women Anthropologists and the Native American Southwest 1880-1980 - An Illustrated Catalogue. (B.A. Babcock and N.J. Parezo, Eds.) University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1988.


  • David F. Aberle University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Barbara Babcock University of Arizona, USA
  • Linda S. Cordell University of New Mexico, USA
  • Fred Eggan Santa Fe, USA
  • Jennifer Fox University of Texas, USA
  • Deborah Gordon University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
  • Katherine Spencer Halpern Santa Fe, USA
  • Margaret A. Hardin Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA
  • Joyce L. Herold Denver Museum of Natural History, USA
  • Louis A. Hieb University of Arizona, USA
  • Curtis Hinsley Colgate University, USA
  • Leanne Hinton University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Louise Lamphere University of New Mexico, USA
  • Charles H. Lange Santa Fe, USA
  • Eleanor B. Leacock City University of New York, City College, USA
  • Joan T. Mark Harvard University, USA
  • Sidney Mintz Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Lita Osmundsen Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA
  • Nancy Parezo University of Arizona, USA
  • Kathleen M. Sands Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
  • Marta Weigle University of New Mexico, USA

ORGANIZER’S STATEMENT: This conference examined the role of early women scholars in the Southwest to consider how anthro­pological tradition is shaped by the culture area studied, by the personal histories of the scholars, and by the institutions and patrons who sponsored them. The hundred years of anthropological research in the Southwest, which has significantly influenced anthropological theory as well as popular attitudes and governmental policies on Native Americans, were reviewed and reevaluated. A series of public events preceded the conference, including the opening of an exhibit, “Daughters of the Desert,” at the Arizona State Museum, and an open, two-day seminar. Videotaped life-history interviews of seven of the women anthropologists influential in research on the Southwest were pre­sented as the basis for panel discussions. The conference and related events not only elucidated an im­portant phase in the history of anthropology, but they acknowledged the contributions of the first “mav­erick” women scholars.

Wenner-Gren Symposium #102

Back row: K Sands, K. Halpern, L. Hieb, C. Lange, C. Hinsley, F. Eggan, D. Aberle, M. Weigle, S. Mintz, N. Parezo, L. Osmundsen Middle: J. Mark, D. Gordon, J. Herold, B. Babcock Front: M. Wuersch, E. Leacock, J. Fox, M. Hardin, L. Lamphere, L. Hinton, N. Watson Not pictured: L. Cordell