Short Portrait: Antje Kelm

Antje Kelm
Antje Kelm

Antje Kelm (*1937) began to study at the University of Cologne in the late 1950s. She continued her studies in Lima in 1959/60, where she also learned Quechua. After meeting Hermann Trimborn and doing translation work for his research projects, she resumed her studies at the Institute for Ancient American Studies and Ethnology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Bonn.

After graduating Antje Kelm not only worked at the Hamburg Department of Culture but also at the Ethnological Museum (Museum für Völkerkunde) in Hamburg for many years. Moreover, Kelm often accompanied her husband Heinz Kelm during his field researches, e.g. among the Mbia people in Bolivia.

After her retirement Kelm kept working as a freelancer for the the Ethnological Museum (Museum für Völkerkunde) in Hamburg.
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(Text written by Vincenz Kokot in June 2012, based on BAA Prof. Riese; photo source: