Ann Lane Hedlund

Ann Lane Hedlund

Professor Emerita of Anthropology
Curator Emerita of Ethnology, Arizona State Museum

About Ann Lane Hedlund

Ann Lane Hedlund retired in 2013 but remains active in writing, publishing, and consulting with many museums and cultural centers. From 1997 to 2013, she served as a professor of anthropology and curator of ethnology at the Arizona State Museum on the U of A campus. She also directed the Gloria F. Ross Tapestry Program. As a cultural anthropologist, she has conducted fieldwork among Native American weavers and other artists since the mid-1970s and has interest in worldwide textile producers. The author of many publications, she has curated museum exhibitions throughout the country. Hedlund edited Joe Ben Wheat’s award-winning book, Blanket Weaving in the Southwest, published by the University of Arizona Press in 2003. Her 2004 book, Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century: Kin, Community, and Collectors (University of Arizona Press), received the Arizona Highways/Arizona Library Association Award for Non-Fiction. Her most recent book, Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry (Yale University Press in association with Arizona State Museum, 2010) is an ethnography of a creative career in the arts, documenting the 20th century tapestry-making career of Ross and raising questions about the nature of trans-national collaborations and cross-cultural art ventures.

Areas of Study

Southwest US
South America
Mexico & Mesoamerica
Latin America & the Caribbean

Research Interests

Ethnography of the American Southwest and Mesoamerica; American Indian Studies; craft organization, production, and marketing; textile production, organization and analysis; museum studies.