About the Curator


Joanna Cohan Scherer, an anthropologist, did her graduate work at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is currently Illustrations Researcher for the 20-volume Handbook of North American Indians project at the Smithsonian Institution, where she has created a large collection of historical images relating to Native Americans. Portrait of Joanna Cohan Scherer, Curator Version Author of Indians: the Great Photographs That Reveal North American Life 1847-1929, she has also authored articles in Cultural Anthropology, Arctic Anthropology, and Studies in Visual Communication. In 1990, she edited and wrote the introduction for a special double issue of Visual Anthropology titled "Picturing Cultures; Historical Photographs in Anthropological Inquiry." She is Curator of the Wrensted Exhibit which traveled in Idaho in 1994. The exhibit is currently traveling under the program of Exhibits, USA. It has been to Nebraska, Missouri, Washington, Indiana, Illinois and Washington, DC.





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