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Diamond Jenness 1886-1969

Diamond Jenness

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted January, 2012

Meetings of Parliament

Photo from Google Street View ©2018 Google - Posted April, 2018

Diamond Jenness

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
In the lobby of the Canadian Museum of Nature
at McLeod and Metcalfe streets

Coordinates: N 45 24.760 W 75 41.319


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Plaque Text

Diamond Jenness was born in New Zealand and educated there and at Oxford. After field work in New Guinea he joined the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition, embarking on a career that made him the dean of Canadian anthropologists. Although known for his work on the Copper Eskimos and his identification of the Dorset culture, he did field studies of many other native groups, and his Indians of Canada (1931) was long considered a definitive work. Jenness retired in 1947 after a distinguished career with the National Museum and the Geographical Board, but continued writing for two decades.

Other plaques at this location
Edward Sapir 1884-1939
Meetings of Parliament

Related Ontario plaque
Victoria Memorial Museum Building



Ottawa Plaques

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