The first anthropology book I bought that I was not required to buy as part of a course, was Edward H. Spicer's, Perspectives in American Indian Culture Change. It open a whole new exciting world of cultural dynamics for me. I had the privilege of studying under Spicer at the University of Arizona in the 1970's. He was a major influence on my decision to pursue an applied career.
Edward H. Spicer was an original founder and supporter of American applied anthropology in the mid-20th century. Spicer was a scholar of American Indian social and cultural history. His Cycles of Conquest is a definitive study of the impact of western culture on the Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico and their acculturation. A student of culture change, Spicer has been an influential theoretician in problems of culture change and cultural persistence.
Spicer served as President of the AAA in 1974 during a critical period in the AAA's history. He was winner of the SfAA's Bronislaw Malinowsky Award in 1976.
Spicer died in 1983, but he left anthropology with a profound legacy .He and his students became a major force in the development of applied anthropology as a sub- field of study and practice in the latter part of 20th century.
I wonder, Are there any former colleagues, former students, or others who knew Edward Spicer and/or know his works? I would appreciate hearing from you and hope that you might share your experiences and comments with us.