Photos by Howard Gale Ford


In the drafty, cavernous basement of the University of California at Berkeley's Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, graduate student researcher Alejandro de Avila examines a pair of 19th century Mexican trousers. The desk he huddles over is small, the lighting dim, and hanging just above him are two Alaskan kayaks from the late 1800s.

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