Harold C. Conklin, the Franklin
Muzzy Crosby Professor Emeritus of the Human Environment
and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, is considered one
of the world's leading authorities on ethnoscience, the manner
in which inhabitants of a particular area perceive and treat their
surroundings. Since World War II, Conklin has concentrated his
research in insular southeast Asia; his principal field sites
have been on Mindoro (the Hanunóo) and Luzon (the Ifugao)
in the Philippines. He is noted for his pioneering work on indigenous
systems of tropical forest and terraced agriculture.
First educated in public schools on eastern Long Island, Hal Conklin
did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of California,
Berkeley, and Yale University, respectively. Professor Conklin
received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1955 and joined the faculty in
1962. He served as chair of the Department of Anthropology, chair
of the Council on Southeast Asia Studies, and director of the
Division of Anthropology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History,
where, since his retirement in 1996, he continues as Curator Emeritus.
| A member
of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor Conklin has authored
scores of articles, monographs and books, including the acclaimed
Hanunóo Agriculture and Ethnographic Atlas of Ifugao.
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by a desire to record, represent, and preserve how the Hanunóo
and Ifugao worked, talked, thought, and played, Conklin
presents the details of agricultural and botanical knowledge,
spatial orientation, kinship, verbal play, poetry, and music.
His findings subtly address contemporary debates and brilliantly
display the respect, rigor, and responsibility with which
ethnographers should study cultural phenomena."
Description: Ethnographic and Linguistic Essays by Hal Conklin,
Edited by Joel Kuipers and Ray McDermott, published in 2007
by the Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph Series.
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Harold C. Conklin papers
Sterling Memorial Library
The papers comprise personal and professional correspondence,
maps, and topical files, documenting the research of Conklin and
others, particularly in the area of language in the Philippines.
Maps were created in part by the American Geographical Society
and the Army Map Service. The Topical Files include professional
events and organizations in which Conklin participated; research
materials of colleagues Leonard Bloomfield, Frederick Russell
Eggan, and Robert B. Fox; and materials relating to the Tasaday
Controversy. (The Tasaday, an indigenous people of Mindanao, a
Philippine island, were considered in the 1970s-1980s to be the
last vestiges of a stone age culture. The validity of this claim
was questioned by anthropologists and journalists.) The collection
is arranged in three series: I. Correspondence, 1944-2005. II.
Maps, 1908-1977. III. Topical Files, 1897-1998.