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Message from the Peabody Museum Director

January 28, 2021


Dear Members of the Peabody Community,

Founded in 1866, the Peabody Museum is intricately linked to 19th-century legacies of settler colonialism and imperialism both in the United States and around the globe. In its development as a premier research and teaching institution, the Peabody directly benefited from collecting practices that we recognize today ignore the wishes and values of families... Read more about Message from the Peabody Museum Director

Lee Kai Chung Named 2022 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography

August 17, 2022


The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, is pleased to announce that following an international search, photographer Lee Kai Chung has been selected as the 2022 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography. The fellowship provides a $50,000 stipend to begin or complete a proposed project followed by the publication of a book.... Read more about Lee Kai Chung Named 2022 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography

Standing Bear’s Pipe-Tomahawk Returned to the Ponca Tribe

June 15, 2022


On Friday, June 3, 2022, a delegation from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, including several members of Tribal Council and staff, visited the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University for a ceremony returning the pipe-tomahawk owned by Chief Standing Bear to the Ponca Tribe. They were joined there by a delegation from the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, celebrating the return of this piece of heritage to the Tribal nation.
 
The pipe-tomahawk was originally gifted to Standing Bear's attorney John Lee Webster, one of Standing Bear's lawyers in the landmark...

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In Memoriam: Wayne A. Newell

January 19, 2022


The Peabody acknowledges the passing of Passamaquoddy scholar Wayne A. Newell. Recruited to attend Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 1970 as part of the newly established American Indian program, he dedicated his life to the preservation of the tribal language as an educator, storyteller, author and singer of Passamaquoddy music.

Mr. Newell recently took part in a panel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the...

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New Collaboration on Maya Monuments and Sites

December 6, 2021


The Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions at the Peabody Museum is delighted to announce a new collaboration between Dumbarton Oaks Publications and the museum that will continue to bring the wealth of data and documentation on Maya monuments and sites to the public through detailed folios. The upcoming fascicle on the ancient Maya site of Yaxchilan, Mexico will mark the start of this new co-publishing collaboration.

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Wendel White Named 2021 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography

June 8, 2021


The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, is pleased to announce the selection of the 2021 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography. Following an international search, the Gardner Fellowship committee awarded the fellowship to photographer Wendel White. The fellowship provides a $50,000 stipend to begin or complete a proposed project followed by the publication of a book.... Read more about Wendel White Named 2021 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography