Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.116
Creators:
Skinner, G. Gage
Dates:
1964-1966
1972
Languages:
Multiple languages
Collection contains material in English, Spanish and Mapuche.
Physical Description:
0.25 Linear feet
260 slides (photographs)
1 Sound cassette
Repository:
This collection consists of 260 photographic slides and 1 audio cassette recording made by former Peace Corps volunteer G. Gage Skinner while living and traveling in Chile and Colombia in the 1960s-1970s. Images include portraits, landscapes, ceremonies, and daily village life. Audio recording includes songs, chants, and musical instruments.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The G. Gage Skinner collection consists of 260 photographic slides and 1 audio cassette recording made by former Peace Corps volunteer G. Gage Skinner while living and traveling in Chile and Colombia in the 1960s-1970s. Series 1: Chile, 1964-1966, includes images of individual portraits, landscapes, ceremonies, and daily village life of the Mapuche peoples of what is now the Araucanía Region of Chile. Also part of Series 1 is an audio recording of songs, chants, and musical instruments from a 1965 Nguillatún fertility ceremony near Lumaco, Chile. Series 2: Colombia, 1972, includes images of landscapes and daily village life of the Ika (Ica/Arhuaco) and Kogi (Kagaba) peoples of the area near Donachui in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range of Colombia. Images include a particular focus on Ika (Ica/Arhuaco) dwellings and architecture, weaving, trade goods, and agriculture.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in two series. Series 1: Chile, 1964-1966 and Series 2: Colombia, 1972.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
G. Gage Skinner is a former Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Chile, 1964-1966, and later in Colombia, 1969-1972. A student of cultural anthropology and a graduate of San Diego State University, Skinner has taught at the college level, and has published on a wide range of topics, including beekeeping, the fur trade, and the history of the American West.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Nathan Sowry, Reference Archivist, in 2018.
Separated Materials
G. Gage Skinner also donated a number of material culture objects to the NMAI Object Collections, documenting the Mapuche, Ika (Ica/Arhuaco), and Kamsá (Sebondoy) peoples of Chile and Colombia. The object numbers are 27/0087 - 27/0089 and 27/0102 - 27/0108.
Author
Nathan Sowry
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by G. Gage Skinner in 2017 and 2018.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); G. Gage Skinner collection, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Related Materials
The Peace Corps Community Archives at American University in Washington, DC maintains a collection of manuscript materials donated by G. Gage Skinner documenting his Peace Corps service in Chile and Colombia. These materials include diaries, biographical information, training materials, and publications. In addition to material culture objects in the NMAI Object Collections donated by Skinner, there are also a large number of objects documenting Mapuche culture which he donated to the San Diego Museum of Man's ethnographic collections.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ika (Ica/Arhuaco) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kogi (Kagaba) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Santa Marta Range (Colombia) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peace Corps (U.S.) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mapuche Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiocassettes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chile Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Colombia Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Chile Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of South America -- Colombia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian
4220 Silver Hill Rd
Suitland 20746-2863
nmaiarchives@si.edu
http://nmai.si.edu/explore/collections/archive/