Mathers Museum of World Cultures


The Mathers Museum is Indiana University’s museum of world cultures. Through its collections, exhibits, and programs, the Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting knowledge of the world’s cultures, past and present. In all of its activities, the Museum strives to further its audiences’ understanding of both the diversity of the world’s specific cultures and the underlying unity of culture as a human phenomenon.

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  • Museum Anthropology Review is an experimental supplement to the longstanding journal Museum Anthropology, published by the Council for Museum Anthropology. It will be used as an means of publishing reviews, essays, obituaries, ...

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  • Kay, Jon (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 2016)
    The exhibition “Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation” and its associated catalogue developed out of years of field research documenting the traditions of Indiana. After receiving the support of the ...
  • Jackson, Jason Baird (2014-10-12)
    A report on a project planning workshop--Chinese Vernacular Culture in the Global Midwest--held at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, September 4-6, 2014.
  • Kavanagh, Thomas (William Hammond Mathers Museum, 1995)
    "This booklet explores some of the potential uses of photographs as documents through an examination of the Wanamaker Collection of American Indian photographs at the William Hammond Mathers Museum" [=present-day Mathers ...
  • Sieber, Ellen (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 2013)
    This small book contains an illustrated essay on the history of collecting at Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures presented in the context of the institution's history. The book was published as a companion ...
  • Jackson, Jason Baird (Journal of Folklore Research Reviews, 2013-04-03)
    A scholarly book review that includes a brief reflection on wider issues in scholarly publishing.
  • Jackson, Jason Baird (University of Illinois Press for the American Folklore Society, 2013)
    In this paper I offer a comparative assessment of the ox-hide purchase narrative (tale type AT 2400, ATU 927C*; Motif K185.1) in Native North America. Drawing on my own fieldwork and the beginnings of a historic-geographic ...