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Alfonso Ortiz

Alfonso Ortiz

Native-American cultural anthropologist
Alfonso Ortiz
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Intro Native-American cultural anthropologist
Was Anthropologist
From United States of America
Type Social science
Gender male
Birth 30 April 1939
Death 27 September 1998 (aged 59 years)
The details


Alfonso Alex Ortiz (April 30, 1939 San Juan, New Mexico – January 26, 1997) was a Native American cultural anthropologist.


Ortiz graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1961, and from the University of Chicago with a master's degree and a Ph.D. in anthropology. He taught at University of California at Los Angeles, Colorado College, Pitzer College and Princeton University, and at the University of New Mexico.

He was president of the Association on American Indian Affairs.

His San Juan Pueblo, Oral History tapes and papers are held at Princeton.


In 1999, the National Endowment for the Humanities issued a grant for the University of New Mexico to establish the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.


  • 1975 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1982 MacArthur Fellows Program


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