The View From the Castle: A new role for ethnologists: to study the ways in which tribal peoples are responding to life as it is today

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley addresses the timely topic of urgent anthropology and the disappearance of undocumented cultures and languages. Ripley stresses that ethnologists must rethink their roles as museum curators and continue to study, as sociologists, the response of tribal peoples to modern life and lifestyles.


  • International Council of Museums
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology


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Smithsonian Vol. 2, no. 8 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


November 1971


  • Sociology
  • Castle View
  • Anthropology
  • Ethnology

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