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ALEXANDER SPOEHR
Pages 294-313

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From page 295...
... His mother, Florence knee Mann) , was a writer en c!
From page 296...
... These latter, along with Manuel Anciracle, Robert Redfield, and Fred Eggan, were singled out by him as his most influential mentors. Although his principal interest was, en c!
From page 297...
... In January 1953 he mover! to Honolulu to become clirector of the Bernice Pauhi Bishop Museum, the position having become vacant through the death of its part-Maori director, Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa)
From page 298...
... of observational stucly of the toolusing techniques of {apanese-American carpenters ant! archival research on the history of the Hucison's Bay Company in nineteenth-century Hawaii, the writing and publication of several journal articles, and service on several committees en c!
From page 299...
... . He was in the process of unclertaking more archival research in Hawaii's fine libraries when, in 1990, his wife, Anne, suffered a crippling stroke, which requires!
From page 300...
... Previously, the museum and its meagerly paid staff survived mainly on the small proceeds of its original grant, having received only small grants from local foundations and occasional ones from wealthy philanthropists, including some who gave for personally accompanied expeditions. In contrast, Alex went out actively in search of funds.
From page 301...
... Other research programs initiated or sponsored by Spoehr were the YaTe-Bishop Museum fellowships, a survey of the insects of Micronesia, the zoogeography of Pacific insects, several Hawaiian archeological cligs, the natural en c! cultural history of the Honaunau (Hawaii IsTancI)
From page 302...
... States," with emphasis on the interchange of "persons, knowIecige, en c! icleas" a daunting challenge even to someone as hitherto successful as Alex Spoehr, who nevertheless accepted, later explaining: "After nine years at the Bishop Museum I felt I was growing stale at the job, and succumbing to a sense of adventure en c!
From page 303...
... Congress) concerning goals, priorities, and, derivatively, the budgeting of funds plus the perceived wish of some University of Hawaii administrators and faculty to exercise stronger and more direct control of the center's programs.
From page 304...
... Statistical Committee of the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Council, a consultancy to the newly founded Hawaii Maritime Center, plus very active membership in the Hawaiian Historical Society, including membership on its Boarc! of Trustees en c!
From page 305...
... Perhaps most notable of these were the South Pacific Com mission, the Pacific Science Association,anc! the American Anthropological Association (AAA)
From page 306...
... by Alex in ~ 938-39: Spoehr was the first real anthropologist to study the Florida Seminole, his work among the Oklahoma Seminole was pioneering too, but others had been there before him. His field work in Florida was not lengthy, but he did manage to collect a good deal of very valuable data under very difficult circumstances.
From page 307...
... about ATex's archeological researches in the Marianas is Ross Portly, who has concluctec! numerous archeological studies throughout Micronesia (and Hawaii)
From page 308...
... . More surprising, his radiocarbon dates the first samples processed for Micronesia placed initial occupation cat 1500 B.C., a time depth far greater than any researcher had anticipated for the islands of Micronesia.
From page 309...
... For an assessment of Spoehr's archeological researches in the Philippines, I turned to another Philippines specialist in the anthropology department of the University of Hawaii, Manoa Bion Griffin: Zamboanga and Sulu has had a bigger impact [than Protein from the Sea] , as has the related archaeological excavations Spoehr undertook.
From page 310...
... WISH TO AC~OWLEDGE, gratefully, information from the following individuals used in compiling this memoir: Steve Boggs, Ross Cordy, Barbara Dunn, Roland Force, Bion Griffin, Alan Howard, Marion Kelly, Yosihiko Sinoto, Robert Kiste, Richard Lieban, Roger Rose, Richard Scaglion, Alexander Harding Spoehr, William Sturtevant, and Stephen Williams.
From page 311...
... Field Museum of Natural History, Anthropological Series, vol.
From page 312...
... 241-53. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.
From page 313...
... 3, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh. 1981 Lewis Henry Morgan and his Pacific collaborators: a nineteenth century chapter in the history of anthropological research.


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