News for Saturday, March 6, 2010
Dr. Chavez Lamar Receives Tribal Heritage Fellowship
Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar, Director of the Indian Arts Research Center, was one of 19 selected from 52 applicants to receive a Researching Tribal Heritage Fellowship from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, & Museums. The goal of this program is to assist fellows in the development of a research project that promises to provide a greater understanding of indigenous cultures, contribute valuable materials to tribal archives, and provide a tribal interpretation of historical events.
Over a period of 26 months, the fellows will participate in a series of workshops that provide advanced training in topics ranging from developing research projects to creating digital documentaries. The fellowship includes trips to Washington, DC, and Oklahoma City for hands-on experiences with archival research and documentary production.
For her project, Dr. Chavez Lamar plans to develop a traveling banner exhibit based on the Moccasin Seminar that was held at the Indian Arts Research Center in February 2009. The seminar brought together Navajo, Pueblo, and Apache moccasin makers to discuss the IARC moccasin collection and learn from each other. The exhibit that she will work on as a Researching Tribal Heritage Fellow will spotlight the integral role of moccasins in Native communities. “I am excited about the digital storytelling training aspect of the program,” said Dr. Chavez Lamar, “because I’d like to do a short video for the exhibit.”
The Researching Tribal Heritage Fellowship program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services “Librarians for the 21st Century” program and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.