Panel Discussion - Uncovering/Recovering History

Joseph “Woody” Aguilar, PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Diane Reyna, filmmaker
Brian Vallo, interim IARC director, School for Advanced Research
Moderator: Bruce Bernstein, PhD., executive director, Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

IARC Speaker Series, SAR Boardroom

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free

As narratives become increasingly nuanced and more complex, this panel discussion seeks to examine how new histories are being uncovered and revealed through research, storytelling, and community.

Joseph Joseph "Woody" Aguilar Photo courtesy of Joseph Aguilar.Joseph Aguilar is an enrolled member of San Ildefonso Pueblo, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary research focuses on the archaeology of the North American Southwest, with a specific interest in Spanish-Pueblo relations during the late 17th century following the arrival of Spaniards into the Northern Rio Grande region. His general research interests include indigenous archaeology, landscape archaeology, postcolonial theory, and historic preservation. A collaborative research project with San Ildefonso, his dissertation research examines the responses to the Spanish reconquest efforts at the pueblo, and the greater Tewa region, in the latter part of the Pueblo Revolt Era (1680-1696) as evident in the archaeological, historical and oral records. Aguilar has conducted extensive archaeological field work on the Pajarito Plateau for Los Alamos National Laboratory; in Chaco Culture National Historic Park for the University of New Mexico Chaco Stratigraphy Project; in the U.S. Four Corners region for Dinetahdoo CRM; and for Fouilles Préhistoriques, in Le Bourg, Carsac‐Aillac, France. He has served as an archaeological consultant to San Ildefonso for various land development projects, and is currently in residence as the Katrin H. Lamon Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

Diane ReynaDiane ReynaPhoto by Jeminie Shell.Diane Reyna is an artist and educator from the Pueblos of Taos/Ohkay Owingeh. She has been associated with the Institute of American Indian Arts since 1991, currently working as a programs administrator at the Student Success Center. Reyna is perhaps best well known for being the producer and director of the PBS award winning documentary Surviving Columbus. This landmark two-hour film documents — from the perspective of the Southwestern Pueblo Indians — the history of Spanish and Anglo invasion of their homeland. Throughout her life Reyna has continued to sketch, draw, paint, and sculpt. The inspiration for her artwork is based on the energies in nature. Her work relates to a Pueblo symbolic language, similar in concept to the designs painted on Pueblo Indian pottery.

Brian ValloBrian ValloPhoto courtesy of Brian Vallo. Brian Vallo is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe with more than twenty-five years of experience working with tribal groups throughout the Southwest. A former lieutenant governor, director of historic preservation, and founding director of the Haakú Museum at Acoma, his recent work experience extends into the fields of architecture, planning, and the arts. During his tenure as director of historic preservation, he led an unprecedented capital campaign in partnership with Santa Fe-based Cornerstones Community Partnerships and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in support of a comprehensive rehabilitation of historic San Esteban del Rey Mission and Convent at Acoma Pueblo. Vallo also led the planning, design, and construction of the Sky City Cultural Center and Haakú Museum following a fire that destroyed the Tourist Center, the Pueblo’s first for-profit operation. In addition to his work at Acoma, he served as the museum director at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, taught at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning, and was employed as a tribal liaison for the UNM Institute for Astrophysics LodeStar Project. Vallo has served on a number of boards including the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at UNM, the Chamiza Foundation, Southwestern Association of Indian Arts, the Native American Advised Endowment Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association, to name a few. He is currently the interim director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research.

Bruce BernsteinBruce BernsteinPhoto courtesy of Bruce Bernstein.Bruce BernsteinPhoto courtesy of Bruce Bernstein.Bruce Bernstein has dedicated his three decades of work in museums to collaborative work and modeling new partnerships in research methodologies, curatorial principles and practices, contributing to today’s working models of inclusive collections and exhibition programs. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Continuous Pathways Foundation and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Pojoaque; and as Executive Director and curator for the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts.

As assistant director for collections and research at the National Museum of the American Indian he supervised the opening and operation of the Cultural Resources Center as well as served on the team that opened the museum in September 2004. Bernstein has also served as chief curator and director of the Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Laboratory of Anthropology, developing and supervising the modernization of the museum’s exhibitions and programs. He also served as executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts.

He holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Bernstein has published broadly on Native arts and museums as well as curated numerous exhibitions.



Videography by John Sadd



Videography by John Sadd

Sponsored by School for Advanced Research and Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

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