Illustration of a Nasca vessel

Illustration of a Nasca vessel by Jiayan Lu (MA Anthropology). Photo by Zoë Crossland

Human remains are at the heart of Zoë Crossland’s work. In one of the most popular classes that she teaches, Corpse Life, students learn about the history of death and the treatment of remains.
Tongan cultural artifacts

Among the items in the new exhibit case are a feathered belt, bowl and headdress that are representative of Tongan culture. The bowl is sitting on a decorated Fijian masi, a barkcloth that is used in furnishings and clothing. Photo by AMNH/D. Finnin

The American Museum of Natural History and Columbia’s Museum Anthropology graduate program have collaborated for the first time on an exhibit case researched and designed by the students.