Anthropology Department Virtual Museum

  • Animal figure (ivory) 2.0 cm from the Rhythm of the Sea Alaska Collection

    Animal figure (ivory) 2.0 cm from the Rhythm of the Sea Alaska Collection

  • Bead and leather bracelet from the Kercher collection

    Bead and leather bracelet from the Kercher collection

  • Ivory figurine with ruler

    Human figure (ivory) from the Rhythm of the Sea Collection

  • Beaded belt from the Kercher Collection

    Beaded belt from the Kercher Collection.

ANthropology Department virtual museum

The Western Michigan University Department of Anthropology offers a critical approach to anthropology in relation to the public museum. In our virtual museum pages we provide digitized inventories of our collections and we feature the work of our students, many of whom are now alumni.

The museum hosts several archaeological collections representing a half century of faculty-led field excavations, a biological anthropology collection, and three material culture collections: The Rhythm of the Sea Alaska Collection and Leonard Kercher Collections, already digitized; and the Barbara Garland Collection.

Our student projects include many that students accomplish in our museum practicum. Students interrogated the history of the museum and its changing role in indigenous advocacy and collaboration, educating the public, and in critically analyzing global inequalities as understood through objects.