Evon Z. Vogt

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Evon Z. Vogt
Born (1918-08-18)August 18, 1918
Gallup, New Mexico, United States
Died May 13, 2004(2004-05-13) (aged 85)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Alma mater University of Chicago
Scientific career
Fields Cultural anthropology
Institutions Harvard University
Doctoral students Carol J. Greenhouse, Joyce Marcus, Anthony Seeger

Evon Zartman Vogt, Jr. (August 18, 1918 – May 13, 2004) was an American cultural anthropologist best known for his work among the Tzotzil Mayas of Chiapas, Mexico.[1]

Vogt was the author of numerous articles and 19 books. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1960), a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1979), and a recipient of the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor awarded to foreigners by the Mexican government.[2][3]


Vogt Jr., born in Gallup, New Mexico to Evon Z. Vogt Sr. and Shirley Bergman. Vogt attended the University of Chicago on a full scholarship, and earned his B.A. in Geography in 1941. After spending the years of World War II in the Navy, Vogt returned to the University of Chicago to pursue graduate studies. He received his M.A. in 1946 and his Ph.D. in 1948.

Vogt initially joined the faculty at Harvard University as an instructor in the Department of Social Relations. He was later promoted to professor, and would spend the entirety of his career at Harvard, serving in time as Chairman of the Department of Anthropology, Co-Master of Kirkland House (with his wife Catherine C. Vogt), and Chairman of the Center for Latin American Studies. He directed the Harvard Chiapas Project, which focused on the indigenous Tzotzil Maya of the central highlands of Chiapas, Mexico.

Vogt died on May 13, 2004 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Published works[edit]

Vogt's publications include:

  • 1951 Navaho Means People. Harvard University Press, with Clyde Kluckhohn, photos by Leonard McCombe.
  • 1955 Modern Homesteaders. The Life of a Twentieth-Century Frontier Community. Belknap Press (of Harvard University Press).
  • 1959 Water Witching USA. University of Chicago Press, with Ray Hyman.
  • 1966 People of Rimrock; a study of values in five cultures. Harvard University Press, edited by Evon Z. Vogt and Ethel M. Albert
  • 1969 Zinacantan: A Maya Community in the Highlands of Chiapas. Cambridge: The Belknap Press (of Harvard University Press).
  • 1976 Tortillas for the Gods: A Symbolic Analysis of Zinacanteco Rituals. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • 1979 Reader in Comparative Religion: An Anthropological Approach. Allyn & Bacon; 4 edition (January 20, 1997) with William A. Lessa.
  • 1994 Fieldwork Among the Maya: Reflections on the Harvard Chiapas Project. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O'connor, Anahad (2004-05-23). "Evon Z. Vogt Jr., 85, Expert On Indigenous Mexican Tribe". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  2. ^ Staff, From Times; Reports, Wire (2004-05-26). "Evon Z. Vogt Jr., 85; Anthropologist Was Authority on Maya". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  3. ^ Marcus, Joyce (2005). Evon Zartman Vogt, Jr. 1918-2004: A Biographical Memoir. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.