President’s Message

Michael F. BrownMichael F. BrownSAR PresidentMichael F. BrownSAR PresidentThe summer heat now bears down on Santa Fe in the afternoons, which is hard on people but great for SAR’s flowers, which under the loving care of Isidro Gutiérrez, a member of our physical plant staff, have burst into life.

With the flowers come our summer scholars and their noontime public colloquia, which are held in SAR’s Dobkin boardroom. The talks are free and open to the public. These colloquia illustrate the range of SAR scholars and their projects. On June 29, for instance, Michael Messner (USC) talked about his study of the impact of combat experience on male veterans of different ages. On July 13, Hugh Gusterson (George Washington University) will present the results of his study of nuclear weapons labs and the challenges of continuing to create weapons that can’t readily be tested. On July 27, Tracy L. Brown (Central Michigan University) considers how the transition to US rule affected the political life of Pueblo communities in New Mexico and Arizona.

But it’s not just social science on offer at SAR. On August 3, Kelli Ford (Cherokee), our Lannan Foundation-sponsored Indigenous Writer in Residence, will give a reading from her nearly completed novel Crooked Hallelujah. The next evening there will be an artist talk and studio reception by the extraordinarily skilled basketmaker Carol Emarthle-Douglas (Arapaho/Seminole), this year’s Ronald and Susan Dubin Artist in Residence.

Santa Fe’s summer season is packed with visitors. In response, we’ve added an extra day of tours of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) collection and the historic SAR campus. The IARC houses over 12,000 pieces of Native American art dating from the sixth century to the current day. The 8-acre campus was the original home of Amelia Elizabeth White and her sister Martha Root White, which they built in the 1920s. Today the estate is a peaceful haven of classic Pueblo-style architecture, beautiful landscaping, and rich history, with many of the sisters’ beautiful pieces of art and furniture.

IARC Tours:
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. (summer months only)
Fridays at 2 p.m. (year-round)
Cost $15, Free to SAR members
Reservations required (availability subject to change).
Call 505-954-7205 to make reservations.

Walking History Tours:
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (summer months only, weather permitting)
Fridays at 10 a.m. (year-round, weather permitting)
Cost $15, Free to SAR members
Reservations required for tours
Call 505-954-7205 to make reservations.

So there is lots to do at SAR this summer. I hope you’ll consider joining us for some or all of these varied events.

We look forward to seeing you.


Michael F. Brown

About Michael F. Brown

Raised in upstate New York, Dallas, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Brown received his AB degree from Princeton and a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan. His research has covered a broad range of topics, including the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, new religious movements, and the global challenge of protecting indigenous cultural property from misuse. He has been awarded research fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Institute for Advanced Study. At SAR, he has been a resident scholar and a participant in two advanced seminars.

In addition to scholarly articles, Brown is the author of six books, including The Channeling Zone: American Spirituality in an Anxious Age (1997), Who Owns Native Culture? (2003), and Upriver: The Turbulent Life and Times of an Amazonian People (2014). He has also published general-interest articles and reviews in Natural History, Smithsonian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times Book Review. A list of his publications, many downloadable as full-text PDF files, is accessible here.

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