Shelly E. Errington is a cultural anthropologist specializing in the studies of plastic art and narrative arts, focusing on documentary film, photography, arts, and multi-media. She is a Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Errington has done field work in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Mexico. Her current courses include a study of Multi-Media Ethnography. She is currently working on a documentary film on the art of the Pátzcuaro region of Mexico, and an accompanying book on the subject.
On September 24, 2009, she spoke at a rally protesting cuts to California University education.
- The Death of Authentic Primitive Art and Other Tales of Progress. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
- Power and Difference: Gender in Island Southeast Asia (edited with J. Atkinson). Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1990.
- Meaning and Power in a Southeast Asian Realm. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989.
- "The Cosmic Theme Park of the Javanese" Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Arts, published in Sydney, Australia, July 1997.
- "Myth and Structure in Disney World." In Meaning in the Visual Arts: Views From the Outside. Edited by Irving Lavin. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.
- "What Became Primitive art?" Cultural Anthropology 9 (2) : 201-226, 1994.
- "Making Progress on Borobudur: A New Perspective." Visual Anthropology Review 9 (2): 32-59, Fall 1993.
- "Progressivist Stories and the Pre-Columbian Past: Notes on Mexico and the United States." In Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past, pp. 209–49. Edited by Elizabeth Boone. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1993.
- "Some Comments on Style in the Meaning of the Past," Journal of Asian Studies, 38:2, 231-244, 1979.
- "The Cosmic House of the Buginese," Asia, 1:5, 8-14, 1979.