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Oliver La Farge II
Born Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge
December 19, 1901
"New York City, U.S.
Died August 2, 1963(1963-08-02) (aged 61)
"Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Occupation "Novelist, "anthropologist
Nationality American

Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge II (December 19, 1901 – August 2, 1963) was an American writer and "anthropologist. During 1925 he explored early "Olmec sites in Mexico, and later studied additional sites in Central America and the American Southwest. In addition to more than 15 scholarly works, mostly about Native Americans, he wrote several novels, including the "Pulitzer Prize-winning, "Laughing Boy (1929). In addition, La Farge's short stories were published in the magazines "The New Yorker and "Esquire. His more notable works, both fiction and non-fiction, emphasize "Native American culture.


Early life and education[edit]

Oliver La Farge was born in "New York City but grew up in "Newport, Rhode Island. He was the son of "Christopher Grant La Farge, a noted "Beaux-Arts architect, and Florence Bayard Lockwood. His older brother was the novelist "Christopher La Farge. La Farge and his paternal uncle, architect Oliver H. P. La Farge, were both named for a great-great-grandfather, "Oliver Hazard Perry.

La Farge received both his Bachelor of Arts degree (1924) and his master's degree (1929) from "Harvard University.


La Farge worked as a writer and an "anthropologist. During 1925, he traveled with the Danish archeologist "Frans Blom, who taught at "Tulane University, to what is now known as the "Olmec heartland. He (re)discovered "San Martin Pajapan Monument 1 and, more importantly, the ruins of "La Venta, one of the major "Olmec centers.["citation needed]. While participating with scientific expeditions to Central America and the American Southwest, La Farge discovered two previously unknown languages: .["citation needed]

La Farge devoted considerable study to Native American peoples and issues, especially after relocating to "Santa Fe, New Mexico, during 1933. He became a champion for American Indian rights and was president of the "Association on American Indian Affairs for several years["citation needed].

During "World War II, La Farge served with the U.S. Air Transport Command, ending service with the rank of major. He participated with the Battle for "Greenland, commanded by Colonel "Bernt Balchen. Balchen, together with "Corey Ford and La Farge, wrote War Below Zero: The Battle for Greenland (1944) about the actions to defend Greenland.

Marriage and family[edit]

La Farge married heiress Wanden Matthews and had two children with her: a son, Oliver Albee La Farge (b. 1931), and a daughter, Povy. They relocated to Santa Fe during 1933, but Wanden disliked the area and they eventually divorced during 1937. Their son Oliver Albee became estranged from his father and changed his name to "Peter La Farge. He relocated to New York City, where he became a "folksinger in "Greenwich Village, performing during the 1950s and 1960s.

La Farge married a second time, to Consuelo Otile Baca, with whom he had a son, John Pendaries "Pen" La Farge. La Farge's non-fiction book, Behind The Mountains (1956), is based on his memories of Consuelo's family, the "Baca family of New Mexico who were ranchers in northern "New Mexico. He wrote a regular column for the Santa Fe newspaper, The New Mexican. Some of his columns were collected and published as The Man With the Calabash Pipe (1966).

La Farge died in Santa Fe during 1963, at the age of 61.

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