Lecture: Creating Collaborative Catalogs

Jim Enote, Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center

IARC Speaker Series, SAR Boardroom

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 12:30–2:00 pm

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Thousands of items removed from Zuni Pueblo have found their way into private and public collections, yet very few Zuni people know what they may be, where they are, and what they look like. Even though information about these items, including digital images and catalogs, are available on a variety of museum websites, Zuni experts tell us that the large majority of these catalog descriptions are inaccurate and inadequate. In a study conducted at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, Zuni knowledge about Zuni things in a particular museum was shown to be immensely different from the museum’s knowledge about the same things. Consequently, the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center is working with several holding institutions, including SAR's Indian Arts Research Center, to create collaborative catalogs that include Zuni descriptions. The rationale, purpose, and process for creating collaborative catalogs will be detailed in Mr. Enote’s presentation.

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Jim Enote, Zuni farmer and interrupted artist, has explored to a large degree such varied subjects as cultural pattern languages, Zuni architecture as fluxus art, Japanese art after 1945, and map art of indigenous peoples. Born in Zuni, New Mexico, Enote considers his career an odyssey of hitchhiking, watermelon picking, writing, and advocacy for indigenous peoples. Besides currently serving as Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Grand Canyon Trust, a Senior Advisor for Mountain Cultures at the Mountain Institute, a New Mexico Community Luminaria, an E.F. Shumacher Society Fellow, and Board Member of the Jessie Smith Noyse Foundation. In 2010, Mr. Enote was awarded the Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology. He is now camped out at his work-in-progress home in Zuni.

Recommended Readings

Chapin, Mike. “A Challenge to Conservationists.” World Watch: Vision for A Sustainable World. November/December 2004: 17-31.

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