Anne Ray Intern
The Indian Arts Research Center is pleased to announce Dominic Henry as the inaugural Anne Ray Native Intern. An M.A. candidate in Museum Studies at the University of Oklahoma and a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation, he plans to pursue a career in museum collections or curation. His goals include spreading the wealth of museum collection practices to other tribal museums and indigenous museums beyond American borders. According to Dominic:
“On our reservations, museum professionals are just as valuable as our tribal leaders, teachers, journalists, etc…Tribal museums inform the world of our identity, languages, and perspectives. As our Native cultures evolve, we must always invest priority on our traditional values[;] they symbolize our core identities. I perceive working with indigenous collections as a spiritual task, considering [that] each object, big or small, expresses a story significant to a community.”
During his tenure at IARC, Dominic will be dividing his time between collections, registration, education, and academic projects. He will participate in SAR’s colloquium series and work on staff projects, as well as attend a professional conference during his tenure from September 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010.
Dominic has served as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Petroglyphs National Monument, and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. He also worked as a resident and teaching assistant at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, where he supervised Upward Bound high school students and co-taught a Native American Studies course. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico.
The Indian Arts Research Center is pleased to have Dominic Henry as the 2009 Anne Ray Native Intern.
|Online Exhibit: Winklil: The Human Body in Ancient Mayan ArtCurated by Dominic HenryWinklil is the Yucatec Maya word for body. For this exhibit, winklil will be used to reference the human body and will be a means of exploring the rich and complex world of Mayan art.|
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