Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma 1935 by Erin L. Hasinoff
A BGC Focus Gallery Publication
Erin L. Hasinoff
In January 1935, the Vernay-Hopwood Chindwin Expedition departed from Rangoon to explore the Chindwin River valley on behalf of the American Museum of Natural History. The party traversed northern Burma, gathering biological specimens and ethnological artifacts for the museum.
This intriguing book includes documentation and photographs made during the journey as well as biographical narratives of its organizers, sponsors, and field scientists. The collected items, personal belongings, provisions, tools, and exchange goods carried by the expedition party tell the story of the participants’ encounters with flora, fauna, landscapes, and people, including the “head-hunting Nagas.” This account offers fascinating details of the expedition’s itinerary, cross-cultural interactions, and exchanges.
Erin L. Hasinoff is a research associate in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and an adjunct assistant professor in the Museum Studies Program at New York University.
Table of Contents
Note to the Reader
The Anthropology of Expeditions
The Back Story
The Expedition Party
The Expedition Caravan
The Ethnic Makeup of Northern Burma
Assemblage for Anthropology
Shipped to New York
An Expedition into the Archives
Photographs of the Expedition
Exhibition Checklist of Things Collected En Route