Stirling, Matthew (1896-1975)*

Matthew Stirling at the Tombe camp in the West Papua Highlands 1926.

Matthew Stirling studied anthropology under Alfred Kroeber at the University of California, graduating in 1920. He is best known in ethnographic film history for By Aeroplane to Pygmyland, the footage that he shot while leading the Dutch-American expedition to New Guinea in 1926.

However, this corresponded to what was merely an early and transitory phase in a lengthy career that was mostly dedicated to Mesoamerican archaeology, a subject about which he also made a number of films.

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