Lilyan Jones

Anne Ray Intern

2014–2015

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Lilyan Jones is a member of the Seneca Nation and a recent graduate of Colgate University in New York. She is the daughter of a Seneca cultural researcher and Onondaga potter and clay sculptor. Throughout her four years of study at Colgate University, Jones assisted the curator at the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. Most of her work focused on the Native American and Pre-Columbian collections, which number over 15,000 art and archaeology objects. She gained extensive first-hand experience with aspects of maintaining a small museum, from planning openings to managing collections. In her senior year, Jones and another student organized an exhibit, “Local Legacies,” which focused on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) art and culture from ancient times to the present. The exhibit was displayed in the Village of Hamilton Public Library.

In the summer of 2012, Jones interned at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, conducting research and developing multi-media presentations for use in an Alaskan kayak exhibit, the Kayak Conservation Project. This work involved developing a slideshow, as well as creating informational posts and a section of frequently asked questions and answers for social media. She also conducted research in the provenance of kayaks, relevant historical photographs, and similar objects in other museum collections.

It is Jones’s hope to continue her museum studies at the graduate level. “Museums are an important part of educating both the public and Native peoples about Native cultures, and my overall goal is to bring my skills and education back to my reservation and to our museum.”

During her tenure at SAR, Jones will spend half of her time working on collections/registration projects and the other half working on academic/programming projects. She will be in residence at SAR from September 2, 2014-May 31, 2015.


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