UNM Anthropology is a highly regarded program at both graduate and undergraduate levels of study. Located in the American Southwest, the school is well placed to take advantage of the region’s cultural diversity, deep historic roots, and remarkable archaeology. The Department’s faculty work here, throughout the Americas and in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of field training and laboratory programs, develop their professional skills, and contribute to Anthropology’s distinctive perspective.
Special thanks to the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the Hibben Trust, and the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies for consistent support and generous funding of the restoration and re-dedication of the Smith Family Totem Pole. We are deeply indebted to Professor Beverly Singer, Emerita Professor in this department and formerly Director of the Ortiz Center, whose knowledge, guidance and inspiration sparked the process the led to the restoration of the Smith Family Totem Pole, and the research that uncovered its past history. Dr. Singer’s leadership, carried forward by the current Director of the Ortiz Center, Dr. Lea McChesney, guided the path to the profound collaboration between the Museum, the Department, and the Ortiz Center, on the one hand, and the Smith Family and the Tlowitsis Nation, on the other.