Ethnography

Science at FMNH : Ep. 36 - Discovering Early European Societies

The prehistory of Europe is central to our understanding of the evolution of the human species on the planet, as well as for understanding how western civilization emerged. Dr. William Parkinson’s current research in Hungary and the Balkans gives important insights in how early villages and societies formed, what sustained them, and what drove them apart. 

Latin American Textile Collections

The Museums's Latin American collections include fine textiles from highland Peru and Bolivia and from Guatemala. Dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Andean collection captures a weaving heritage altered by the influence of industrial dyes and tourism on local communities. The diverse Guatemalan pieces shed light on social affiliation (as expressed through dress) and on the artistic vision of women.

Asian Textile Collections

Seemingly fragile, textiles can be an enduring link to vanished cultures, as well as a fascinating cross section of the aesthetic sensibilities of far-flung contemporary peoples. Among the five most distinctive collections in the United States, The Field Museum’s holdings of Asian textiles include nineteenth and twentieth century pieces from India, Bhutan, Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. 

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