Seth Schermerhorn

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Seth Schermerhorn was recently elected to a three-year term as a member of the Edward H. & Rosamond B. Spicer Foundation board. According to its website, the foundation’s mission is to “honor and further the legacy and life works of Edward H. & Rosamond B. Spicer in the fields of anthropology, community development, and social justice.”

American anthropologist Edward “Ned” Spicer was a founding member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, served as editor of the journal American Anthropologist, and was president of the American Anthropological Association. He was also the author of Cycles of Conquest: The Impact of Spain, Mexico, and the United States on Indians of the Southwest, 1533-1960, and was a key figure in the process that resulted in federal recognition of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona.

Rosamond “Roz” Spicer contributed to and encouraged her husband’s efforts. Together they built a legacy that is housed at the Arizona State Museum Library. Included are their photographs documenting Yaqui culture in the 1930s and 40s, some of which are available for viewing at the Smithsonian Learning Lab, and Rosamond Spicer’s Tohono O’odham photos.

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