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Lumholtz, Carl, 1851-1922



  • Existence: 1851-04-23 - 1922-05-05


Carl Lumholtz was a Norwegian explorer, naturalist and ethnographer. He was born near Lillehammer, Norway in 1851 and died in 1922 in Saranac, New York. Starting in 1880, the Museum of Natural History at the University of Christiania (Oslo) sponsored his first expedition with the goal of collecting botanical and zoological specimens. This took him to Queensland, Australia where acquaintance with native people broadened his interests to include ethnography, leading eventually to his Mexican expeditions. In 1909 and 1910 he led an expedition in southern Arizona and the far north of Mexico. In 1914-1916 he conducted his last expedition, in Borneo. Lumholtz led four expeditions sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History to the northwest of Mexico from 1890 to 1898.


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