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Arnott, John (1907-1971)

John Arnott (1907-1971), a missionary at the South American Missionary Society, was first sent to northern Argentina, then worked for several years in Bolivia with the Guarani, and finally in the Argentine Chaco, among the Wichi, Toba and Pilaga. He collaborated in the field work of anthropologists such as Alfred Métraux, Jules Henry, Stig Rydén and Enrique Palavecino. He published several anthropological articles, graphically illustrated the social life of the Chaco and donated important collections of Indian material culture to the Gothenburg Museum in Sweden. In the 1950s, he settled in Canada.

Keywords: Amateur ethnographer | Christian missions | Missionary | 20th century | Scotland | Bolivia | Argentina | Guarani