Kahn, Morton C. (1896-1959)*

Morton C. Kahn explains the significance of Maroon carvings to Myrna Loy, star of ‘Too Hot to Handle’, partly set in a South American rainforest. MGM studios, July 1938.

Morton Charles Kahn was a medical doctor attached to the University of Cornell Medical Center and the American Museum of Natural History who made several research trips to Surinam to study the Maroon population, particularly the Saramaka and the Ndjuka.

He published a number of respected ethnographic accounts and shot footage of ethnographic interest on at least two expeditions, in 1927 or 1928, one which he made jointly with Melville J. Herskovits travelling up the Saramaka River, the other, which he apparently made alone, travelling up the Tapanahoni river and visiting both Amerindian and Ndjuka communities on the way.

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