Date(s) - 09/15/2014
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Denver Woman's Press Club


MONDAY DINNER – members and guests only; reserve before noon Sept. 12.
Hilary DePolo,

Why do we name a scholarship after Ruth Underhill?  Find out when you meet the editors who completed her candid and insightful memoir, An Anthropologist’s Arrival, published 2014.

Stephen Nash and Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, anthropologists at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will talk about the editing tour-de-force that led to publication of this remarkable memoir.

An early DWPC member, Underhill spoke six languages, earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University during the Depression era, and did her field work in the American Southwest. She wrote the first known narrative of the life of a Native American Woman. A professor of anthropology at the University of Denver 1948-52, she was a frequent commentator for radio and television.

In my teenage years, although there was nothing I wanted more in life, I was still not a ‘sweet girl.’ I suppose [that] would mean I must love and cherish people who seemed to me fools,” she wrote, and later:

My story of three years’ work among the O’odham should be classed among those journals of early travelers who wandered alone into sparsely settled country, observing and recording every sight and every experience that passed through one human mind…