The sis­ters’ legacy

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El Delirio, the Gar­cia Street com­pound of Amelia El­iz­a­beth White and Martha Root White, has a long and sto­ried his­tory. The White sis­ters, East Coast so­cialites who set­tled in Santa Fe in the early 1920s, hosted some of the most prom­i­nent artists and writers of the day, putting on ex­trav­a­gant balls, cos­tume par­ties, po­etry read­ings, con­certs, and plays. Their legacy lives on in the in­sti­tu­tions they helped es­tab­lish, in­clud­ing the Lab­o­ra­tory of An­thro­pol­ogy at the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture and the Wheel­wright Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can In­dian, not to men­tion the School for Ad­vanced Re­search (SAR), which is on the site of the White es­tate. SAR, home to a world-class col­lec­tion of Na­tive art, con­tin­ues to ad­vance re­search in an­thro­po­log­i­cal and re­lated stud­ies while play­ing host to vis­it­ing artists and schol­ars. On the cover is an un­dated photo of Martha Root White pos­ing for a sculp­ture by artist François Tonetti.

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