A Life Well Led: The Biography of Barbara Freire-Marreco Aitken, British Anthropologist

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What would inspire a proper young British woman, well-educated and devoted to the Church of England, to venture forth from a sheltered academic life of the early 20th century to cross an ocean in order to conduct investigations on a people that she considered 'uncivilized?' To answer this question, the author collected Barbara Freire-Marreco Aitken's correspondence, most of which has never been published, and with editing, annotating, and researched explanations completed the gestalt resulting in a biography that is a cohesive and interesting adventure story. This remarkable second generation British anthropologist lived with Native American pueblo people and visited reservations in the Southwest United States, contributing to the knowledge about and understanding of these people. The dearth of exposure of her experiences makes this a long overdue compilation of her life and work. Even those with little interest in her focus of anthropology and ethnology will find this life story interesting because of the period of time in which she lived, especially because she was a British woman in territory that only recently had become part of the United States.

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An avid interest in the art and culture of the American Indian has been of importance to Mary Ellen Blair since her early years. A graduate of Rutgers University in Art History, where she served as president of Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity, her focus turned more and more to the western regions of the United States, particularly the pueblos of the Southwest and their pottery. A forced, but fortunate, move eventually brought her to New Mexico where she continued to add to her collection as well as serving as a participant and judge at various Southwest Indian art shows. She and her husband, Laurence Blair, have written books on Pueblo pottery and this in turn lead her to discover and investigate the life of a remarkable British anthropologist. After more than ten years devoted to research in museums, universities, and personal interviews in both the United States and Great Britain, this biography is the result.

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''In 1908 Barbara Freire-Marreco (1879-1967) earned a diploma in anthropology with distinction as a member of the first class of anthropology students to graduate from Oxford University. From 1909 to 1911, she held the prestigious Somerville Research Fellowship, which allowed her to come to the United States to study. After a summer at Edgar Lee Hewett's Frijoles Canyon field school in 1910, her principal research activities were with the Tewa of Santa Clara and Hano pueblos. Between 1910 and 1913, she lived for extensive periods in these villages, where she was treated with affection and respect for her remarkable knowledge of the Tewa language and Native customs and for her ethical research methods. After returning to England, Freire-Marreco earned an MA from Oxford in 1920 and lectured at the London School of Economics. Finding it difficult to secure a full-time paying position as a professional woman, she worked as an editor for several important anthropology and folklore journals. Although she wrote prolifically, the corpus is little remembered today. This is unfortunate, for her writings on Pueblo social organization, politics, authority, and leadership are as relevant and insightful today as they were between 1915 and 1920.

This was the extent of my knowledge of Barbara Aitken in 1985 when Barbara Babcock and I included her in an exhibit honoring pioneering women who had worked in the American Southwest. Today we could add much more information because Mary Ellen Blair has gathered together Aitken's extensive correspondence on her life and ethnographic work in America. Aitken's letters are deposited in numerous archives in England and the United States, making this collection a daunting task. In addition Blair talked with people who knew or whose ancestors knew Aitken. The result of these efforts is Blair's biography, A Life Well Led. While Aitken's life frames the book--her early years, education, and life in England following her research trips to the Southwest--the bulk of the book deals with Aitken's intellectual and cultural journeys in Native American and with Americanist anthropology. And what a journey it was. For historians of anthropology, the book contains new information on Hewett, Alice Fletcher, and John P. Harrington. For readers interested in Pueblo society, there are observational descriptions and reflections of what life was like in Santa Clara, Isleta, Santo Domingo, and Hano pueblos in the years before World War I. Readers can learn much about a British social anthropological approach to Pueblo life and a fascinating woman.'' ----Nancy J. Parezo, The University of Arizona, New Mexico Historical Review

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