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By Alex Patterson

Alexander M. Stephen, a self-taught anthropologist and an affiliate of Indian dealer Thomas Keam, lived one of the Hopi throughout the overdue 19th century. Having first-class rapport with the tribal elders, Stephen requested them the which means of symbols at the pots he was once accumulating for Keam and recorded those interpretations in a listing entitled "Pottery of Tusayan: Catalogue of the Keam Collection." This manuscript is outlined right here in its entirety for the 1st time and is illustrated from the Keam assortment, that's now housed on the Peabody Museum, Harvard college. Alex Patterson then accommodates Stephen’s interpretations and cultural tales right into a certain alphabetically prepared consultant to the eighty-four symbols at the accumulated pots.

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M. StephenHis Life Unfortunately, little is known about Stephen's life. There are large gaps in the chronology, many key facts are missing, and only one photograph of Stephen has been found. We do not know his date of birth. Elsie Clews Parsons, the editor of Stephen's major work, The Hopi Journal of Alexander M. Stephen,gives no date for his birth. -1894. They alert us to their uncertainty with the question mark. However, 1850 seems incorrect. Stephen, according to government records, was enrolled in the Union Army at Potsdam, New York, on October 22, 1861, and was mustered into service as a private in Company A, 92nd New York Infantry, on October 30, 1862.

AP Page 19 Table of Contents Pottery of Tusayan: Catalogue of the Keam Collection by A. M. Stephen (1890) Note: AMS's chapter titles are in bold type. In plain type are the present-day styles and their dating for the found referenced painted pots (see Appendix I)listed by Keam numberthat were discussed by AMS in that chapter. Question mark after pot number indicates uncertainty about style attributions. D. 875-1130, No. D. 1125-1300, No. D. 1780-1900, No. D. 1300-1625, No. D. 1375-1625, Nos. D.

Despite temporary improvement, Stephen died at the end of April 1894. He was buried in Keams Canyon. Figure 464, disease-causing object sucked from Stephen's body by medicine man. (Stephen 1936:862) Page 8 The Credibility of A. M. Stephen How credible are the meanings for the pottery symbols given Stephen by the Hopi of the late 1880s and how accurately did Stephen record the explanations? First, were the Hopi misleading him? We think not. Repeatedly, observers of his day (Bourke, Dellenbaugh, Fewkes, the Mindeleffs) and later scholars of his works (Elsie Clews Parsons, Watson Smith, Wade and McChesney) speak of his rapport with the Hopi.

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