Franz Boas PapersWestern Social Science

Quetzil Castañeda

Quetzil Castaneda

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Quetzil E. Castañeda is Director of OSEA—The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology and Lecturer in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University. The guiding objective of his research has been to understand the role, effects, and implications of anthropology in the world.  To this end, Quetzil has undertaken studies of tourism and heritage among the Maya of Yucatán, México, published historical ethnographies of archaeology, and written histories of anthropological institutions and schools. Quetzil's goal in the Boas Papers Project is to unravel the politics, intellectual networks, and historical relationships in which Boas sought to establish his school of anthropology in México amongst other competing or allied schools of German, Mexican, and US-North American schools.