For SAR’s 2018-2019 Mellon Fellow John Arroyo, the hotly contested gubernatorial race in Georgia is more than just a news story passing through his feed. Since July 2016, Arroyo, the MIT-trained urban planner, has been visiting Gwinnett County, Georgia, and researching Mexican immigrant experiences in the region. Arroyo’s timely ethnographic research illustrates the importance of new perspectives based on interdisciplinary research that bridges urban planning with migration studies, Latinx studies, and urban sociology.
The base for Gerry Quotskuyva’s Gnarly Root Project is a four-foot section of raw cottonwood root that sat in his garage drying for over a decade. Large-form sculptures are new to the Sedona, AZ, artist who was featured recently in an Albuquerque Journal article.
The immersive film Voices of the Rainforest spans a day in the life of the Kaluli people in their Bosavi rainforest home in Papua New Guinea, highlighting the sounds of the animals, insects and natural world that the Kaluli believe speak of their ancestors.
SAR is honored to announce that its Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) director Brian Vallo will play an integral role as a community partner in plans to renovate and reimagine the Native North American Hall at the iconic Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Alaka Wali, the museum’s curator of North American anthropology explains in a recent announcement, “It’s not just a new exhibition—it represents a whole new way of thinking.” The revised approach involves working with community partners who will be advisors in the development of the exhibit.
SAR Curated is a series on the SAR blog exploring the collections, archives, campus, and institutional history. In this edition, the SAR Press acquisition editor highlights a map of the historic campus created by artist Gustave Baumann in the 1920s for the original owners, Elizabeth and Martha White. The map now hangs in SAR’s administration building and visitors can see the piece on campus tours. Schedule a tour by calling 505.954.7200.
William Calvo-Quirós, one of SAR’s 2018-2019 Mellon Fellows, was one of three Americans invited to join 230 global participants in the World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration.
Abou Farman (Anthropology, The New School) was recently at SAR as a participant in the advanced seminar “Death Culture in the 21st Century,” co-chaired by Shannon Lee Dawdy (University of Chicago) and Tamara E. Kneese (U. San Francisco). Knowing about my interest in Amazonia, Abou passed along information on a recent tragedy in Amazonian Peru that took place not far from the major city of Pucallpa.