Art & Art History ETDs

Publication Date



The interest of the modern artist and craftsman in primitive art has increased yearly since the official discovery of this variety of art in the early years of the twentieth century. To meet the demand for information that this interest has aroused, large numbers of books and articles, many illustrating handsome examples of primitive work, have been compiled. These works, though often valuable and exciting, usually fail to give anything approaching a complete examination of one subject. An art student of a particular subject must turn to the works of the anthropologist, rather than to the works of the art historian. Here he will find a rich and extensive field, as the anthropologist began collecting the artifacts of primitive peoples nearly one half century before most of them were officially recognized as art.



Document Type


Degree Name

Art History

Level of Degree


Department Name

UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Lez Lewis Haas

Second Committee Member

Willard Williams Hill

Third Committee Member

Kenneth Miller Adams