Nels Christian Nelson, Scandinavian immigrants, American southwest


There have been many Scandinavian immigrants who have left their hearts in the great American Southwest. Nels Christian Nelson, a Danish-American pioneer whom the Curator of the American Museum of Natural History chose "as one of the eight characters who shaped American archaeology"1 was one of them. What captivated this impoverished Danish teen-ager in the United States and finally in the arid high deserts of New Mexico? ·Perhaps a review of Mr. Nelson's life will paint a clearer picture of this adventuresome, intelligent Danish-American.