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for Friends Members in 2020

February 1, 2020

Local Field Trip to the Maxwell Museum's Special Collections Repository to view the Dorothy Maxwell Collection of Hopi Katsina Dolls.


Tour Directed  by

Lea McChesney, Ph.D.,

Curator of Ethnology,

Maxwell Museum

A collection of approximately

400 carved katsina dolls donated

between 1963 and 1966 by Gilbert

and Dorothy Maxwell represents

multiple carving styles of the 19th

and the 20th centuries. The

collection’s “emphasis [is] on mid-century late traditional style and … early action figures” (Natker 2017:21). The oldest of these dolls, from the late 19th century, was carved by Tawakwatewa, Katsin Mongwi of the Third Mesa village of Old Oraibi; three were carved by Otto Pentewa in the mid-20th century; and an unusual grouping was carved by Regina Navasie, a Hopi from First Mesa who married a Navajo and lived in the Shiprock, NM area near Maxwell’s trading post in Farmington.


  • Maxwell Museum Ethnology Collections

The scope of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology’s Ethnology collections is global. Nearly 20,000 objects represent peoples worldwide, but especially of the U.S. Southwest, Plains and Northwest Coast; Latin America; Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia; and the Middle East. The Ethnology Collections also encompass a significant collection of paintings, prints, and drawings, primarily of regional and Native American artists, as well as a recent donation of serigraphs made to scale of cave paintings worldwide. Most of the collections originated through systematic anthropological research, collecting, and exhibition organization, with accompanying documentation of cultural value. Many were also donated by important figures in the Museum’s history, such as Frank C. Hibben, Dorothy and Gilbert Maxwell, and J.J. Brody. These collections serve as the basis for research and public programming on the University campus and among sister institutions and provide rich cultural heritage resources for source communities.