Campus Scholars

Rebecca A. Allahyari

Rebecca A. Allahyari

In June 2010, Allahyari participated in the three-day “International Workshop on Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Chinese Participation” in Hong Kong, by invitation of the Sociology Department at Hong Kong University. Although not an expert in Asian civic politics, Allahyari was asked to speak from her book Visions of Charity: Volunteers and Moral Community (University of California Press, 2000) on her formulation of “moral selving.” Allahyari also presented the talk “Homeschooling the Enchanted Child: Ambivalent Attachments in the Domestic Southwest” at an SAR colloquium in December, and in May she gave a talk at the Society for Cultural Anthropology meetings in Santa Fe, drawing from her new ethnographic project, “Witnessing Aging: Care and Guardianship in Contemporary Society.” She began interviews with local guardians and elder care providers as she began to explore the care work of those who legally represent elderly persons deemed incompetent in the courts. Of interest to her is how guardians—whether state-appointed welfare workers, private counsel, or family members—experience generosity and obligation as the guardianship role bureaucratizes and often distorts the relationship between caregiver and protected person.

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James F. Brooks

James F. Brooks

SAR president James F. Brooks explored new terrain in his work on stories of captivity and slavery in middle-range societies with the 2009 publication of Alan Gallay’s Indian Slavery in Colonial America, to which he contributed the essay “We Betray Our Own Nation: Indian Slavery and Multi-Ethnic Communities in the Southwest Borderlands,” a treatment of the role of genízaro slaves in hybrid communities such as San Miguel del Vado and Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. With his essay “Making Bonds and Breaking Bonds: Reflections and Refractions from the Southwest Borderlands” he contributed to a British Museum conference volume on captivity and adoption in the Atlantic world, edited by Stephanie Pratt and Max Carocci and due to appear in 2011 from Palgrave/Macmillan. He worked with public school teachers in Missouri as lead faculty under a US Department of Education “Teaching American History” grant themed “Confluence and Crossroads: Rivers as Avenues of Change in American History,” and he delivered a keynote lecture at the University of Colorado symposium “Migrations in the Greater Southwest.” He furthered his efforts to create transdisciplinary dialogues by participating in sessions of the American Historical Association on “New Directions in Anthropology and History” and at the Society for American Archaeology meetings as discussant for a symposium titled “Vecino Archaeology in New Mexico.” Finally, he offered a glimpse of his book-in-progress, Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, Prophecy, and the Ghosts of Awat’ovi Pueblo, to the SAR community in a colloquium entitled “One Revolt, Two Revolts, Three Revolts, More? Cycles of Religious Evangelism and Popular Response in the Puebloan Southwest.”

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Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Cynthia Chavez Lamar

In June 2010, Indian Arts Research Center director Cynthia Chavez Lamar was appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts. She brought to completion the edited volume Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue, which Chavez Lamar co-edited with Sherry Farrell Racette, the 2010 Anne Ray Fellow. Marking an important end to a series of seminars that began with 11 women artists in November 2007, the book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on Native women artists. Chavez Lamar also contributed an essay to the exhibit catalog Converging Streams: Art of the Hispanic and Native American Southwest, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press for Santa Fe’s Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

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Linda Cordell

Together with Nicholas Damp, a PhD student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Linda Cordell completed digitizing more than 3,000 records from the excavations at Tijeras Pueblo, a fourteenth-century ancestral Pueblo site east of Albuquerque. She and Damp co-authored two articles on the project, one published online for the New Mexico Digital History Project ( and the other published in print for the Archaeological Society of New Mexico. Their GIS-based map is now used for scholarly research and for public education at the visitor center at the site. In the fall, Cordell led a tour of Tijeras Pueblo and nearby ancestral Pueblo sites for Southwest Seminars. With Judith Habicht-Mauche (University of California–Santa Cruz), she co-edited and submitted for publication the volume Potters and Communities of Practice: Glaze and Polychrome Pottery in the American Southwest, A.D. 1250 to 1700, based on a symposium the two organized for the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in 2009. In June 2010 Cordell continued learning about Mayas in Guatemala. She taught, in Spanish, a five-day workshop for the new college of archaeology at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. She audited “Pueblo Ethnography,” a course taught by SAR alumna scholar Tessie Naranjo with Sue-Ellen Jacobs. Cordell co-led an SAR visit to the ancestral Tewa site of Sapawe, and she continued to serve in an advisory role to the Galisteo Basin Archaeological Sites Protection Act group.

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Dean Falk

The year was busy and a time of change for Dean Falk. She finished and submitted the book that was the focus of her 2008–2009 SAR residency, tentatively titled Bones to Pick: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Perceptions of Human Evolution. She published three papers in scholarly journals about hominin brain evolution, and she was honored that a 2009 paper she published on Einstein’s brain was selected by Discover magazine as one of the top 100 stories of 2009. Falk began several new research projects: she made preliminary observations of the endocast from the skull of the Dikika baby australopithecine from Ethiopia, and she began preparing for a project on Asperger’s syndrome that she will do with her 18-year-old granddaughter, Eve, who has the condition. She wrote a short paper on the neurological underpinnings of conscience for a workshop on “The Evolution of Conscience,” sponsored by the Templeton Foundation. In June she was honored to give the ninth Edward H. Birkenmeier Distinguished Lectureship in Genetics and Evolution at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. The change came when she moved from Tallahassee, Florida, to Santa Fe during the first week of April. “Wenda Trevathan, another 2008–2009 resident scholar who was my next-door neighbor at SAR, accompanied me on the three-day drive. As we made our way west, we ate regional food, saw Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, and experienced good weather. We also met Billy the Kid! I am thrilled to have rejoined the SAR community,” Falk said.

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George J. Gumerman

During the past year George Gumerman continued working with a team headed by Linda Cordell and Murray Gell-Mann exploring “Cosmology and Society in the Ancient Amerindian World” at the Santa Fe Institute. A special session was held with a small group focused on the archaeoastronomy of the American Southeast, Southwest, and Mesoamerica, its similarities and differences, and the nature of the relationships between the regions. With physical anthropologist Alan Swedlund and architect Jesse Voss, Gumerman also continued constructing an agent-based computer model of the prehistoric Southwest, tracing the spread of infectious diseases. The goal is to determine the potential effects of disease vectors on the abandonment of regions of the northern Southwest.

Gumerman also gave presentations at the Southwest Seminar series in Santa Fe, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Amerind Foundation on the excavations at a small Pueblo I village near the Arizona–New Mexico border. The site had burned, and excavators found five large storage rooms filled with charred maize, along with evidence of subsequent large-scale social disruption. A report on the project is being prepared for publication.

In 2009 Gumerman became president of the board of trustees of the Amerind Foundation, an anthropological research center and museum in Dragoon, Arizona.

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John Kantner

John Kantner

SAR vice president John Kantner had a busy publishing year. A book that he co-edited with Kevin Vaughn and Jelmer Eerkens, The Evolution of Leadership: Transitions in Decision Making from Small-Scale to Middle-Range Societies, was published in the spring of 2010 by SAR Press. The product of a 2006 advanced seminar at the School, the book features contributions by archaeologists and cultural anthropologists who explore forms of leadership in past and living societies. Kantner contributed to two chapters in the book, including a concluding chapter that examines leadership development in Chaco Canyon during the tenth and eleventh centuries AD. Additional publications by Kantner this year included an article on changing turquoise use in the northern Southwest, which appeared in Journal of Anthropological Research in the summer of 2010. Besides presenting public and academic lectures around the country, Kantner continued work on his multiyear Lobo Mesa Archaeological Project (LMAP), which was funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. LMAP efforts over the past year included a laser ablation inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) pilot study conducted with the assistance of Purdue University’s Kevin Vaughn on Chaco-period ceramics, as well as x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyses of obsidian artifacts, both of which are revealing the complex exchange relationships that existed a thousand years ago in what is now New Mexico. Kantner also revisited some early computer models of human movement across the landscape that he first worked on in the mid-1990s.

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Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy Owen Lewis contributed a chapter titled “The Cure at the End of the Trail: Seeking Health while Transforming a Town,” to All Trails Lead to Santa Fe: An Anthology (Sunstone Press, 2010). She submitted an article to New Mexico Historical Review and contracted with El Palacio magazine to prepare an article on the public health years at Fort Stanton. She presented five lectures, including one on the health seeker period given at Santa Fe’s four-hundredth anniversary kickoff. She also presented a Renesan class on that topic. Her other lectures included “Edgar Lee Hewett and the Development of Pueblo Painting,” for the Friends of the Wheelwright Museum, and “The Bryn Mawrters,” for SAR’s President’s Council. She presented an invited paper on “Liquor Windows and Legislators: The Sobering Impact of Research on Policy” at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the paper “Edgar Lee Hewett and the Santa Fe Fiesta: Promoting a Culture to Preserve a Town” at the annual meeting of the Historical Society of New Mexico. She organized two exhibits of photographs of El Delirio, the estate that is now the SAR campus, and prepared text for a historical marker on Amelia Elizabeth White, one of the original creators of El Delirio. She continues to pursue research on the effects of tuberculosis on New Mexico between 1880 and 1940 and is preparing a book-length manuscript on the topic.

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N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday’s year was spent largely in recovery from a compression of the cervical spine, for which he underwent surgery. The operation was successful, but the mending slow and ongoing. “I cannot yet walk or drive, but I am gaining strength each day, and I am able to continue my most important work at home,” reported Momaday. He published two books in the past year and another is in press. A major collection of his poems is due out in the fall, along with his wife Barbara’s “Poems Before Easter.” As a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Momaday submitted a poem in observance of World Poetry Day that was read in Paris on the occasion. N. Scott Momaday: Remembering Ancestors, Earth, and Traditions, an annotated bio-bibliography compiled by Phyllis S. Morgan, was released by the University of Oklahoma Press. Momaday had voice-over participation in two forthcoming films for PBS, one on Aldo Leopold and the other (with Meryl Streep) on the Jemez country and the Pajarito Plateau. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He continues the work of the Buffalo Trust with projects in Oklahoma and Siberia.

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Douglas W. Schwartz

Douglas W. Schwartz

Forty years ago, SAR senior scholar and president emeritus Douglas Schwartz began an extended research project at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, a 1,000-room, fourteenth-century settlement just south of Santa Fe. This still ongoing project involved five field seasons of excavations along with archaeological and ecological surveys of the surrounding region, followed by many years of analysis and writing. It has so far resulted in 8 doctoral dissertations, 9 monographs, 14 special reports, many articles, and a film for the National Geographic Society. Now, a new monograph reexamining the human remains is in the works, and Schwartz is working on a new synthesis of the project in light of other research in archaeology and climatology worldwide. He also spent time in Egypt this year, working on an extended review of Egyptian prehistory, and he is returning to an earlier interest in Ankor Wat and the Khmer Empire, of which it was a part. Schwartz continues to be engaged in public service activities, including serving the National Parks Conservation Association as a member of its State of the National Parks Advisory Board. He also remains on the boards of the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and the First National Bank of Santa Fe.

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