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Karl G. Heider

Karl Heider (born January 21, 1935) is an American visual anthropologist.

Early life and education

Heider was born in Northampton, Massachusetts.[1] Heider is the son of psychologists Fritz and Grace (née Moore) Heider. He had two brothers; John and Stephan.

After spending two years at Williams College, Heider transferred to Harvard College where he earned his A.B. in Anthropology. Heider then spent a year touring Asia on a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship provided by Harvard.[2] Returning to Harvard in 1958, Heider went on to earn an M.A. in 1959 and Ph.D. in 1966.[3]


Heider's work ranged from psychological anthropology to visual anthropology.[4]

It has included going into the West Papua region in the 1960s and 1990s.[5]

As well as producing works on ethnographic film making[6] and writing on Indonesian cinema.[7]


  • Tikal (1961)
  • Dani Sweet Potatoes (1974)
  • Dani Houses (1974)

See also


  1. ^ E-museum at Minnesota State University, Mankato
  2. ^ E-museum at Minnesota State University, Mankato
  3. ^ Karl Heider, University of South Carolina
  4. ^ Karl Heider, University of South Carolina
  5. ^ The Dugum Dani: A Papuan Culture in the Highlands of West New Guinea. Aldine Publishing. Grand Valley Dani: Peaceful Warriors (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology). Wadsworth Publishing (3rd ed.).
  6. ^ Heider, Karl G (2006), Ethnographic film (Rev. ed.), University of Texas Press, ISBN 978-0-292-71458-8 
  7. ^ Heider, Karl G (1991), Indonesian cinema : national culture on screen, University of Hawaii Press, ISBN 978-0-8248-1367-3