Expeditions and Discoveries Sponsored Exploration and Scientific Discovery in the Modern Age

Peabody Museum South America Expedition, 1906–1909

William Curtis Farabee, an American anthropologist and ethnographer, led the Peabody Museum’s first ethnological expedition and established its headquarters at Harvard’s Boyden Station, near Arequipa, Peru. With support from Louis J. de Milhau, the Inca Mining Company, and from the Peruvian government, the expedition made three journeys to the Eastern Andes of Peru and Bolivia to study native inhabitants of the Amazon River basin and to map some of its boundaries.

Farabee’s field notes provide a rich account of the diversity among the Macheyanga, Conebo, Sipibo, and other tribes in Northern Peru. His pioneering observations of daily life—language, dress, ceremony, folklore—together with his work to trace ethnical relations between different peoples set the stage for future studies.

Selected Manuscripts and Records in Expeditions and Discoveries



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