Frederick J. Dockstader
(1919 - )

Although he was born in Los Angeles, Dockstader spent most of his early years on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations in Arizona. He became an outstanding Anthropoligist, Author, and Silversmith. Dockstader became the Staff Ethnologist at the Cranbrook Institute in 1950. Later he became Curator of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. In 1955, he became Assistant Director of the Museum of the American Indian (Heye Foundation), and in 1960, he was named Director. Since his primary field of study was Indian Art, he was also appointed Commissioner of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1955. His books include Indian Art in American (1962), Indian Art in Middle America (1964), Indian Art in South America (1967), and Great American Indians (1977).

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