Dominic Henry

Anne Ray Native Intern

Dominic Henry, Anne Ray InternDominic Henry, Anne Ray Intern2009–2010 Anne Ray InternDominic Henry, Anne Ray Intern2009–2010 Anne Ray Intern

The Indian Arts Research Center was pleased to have Dominic Henry as the inaugural Anne Ray Native Intern. An MA 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 Henry, “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 in 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.”

While at IARC, Henry worked on integrated pest management projects with the collections, constructed mounts, and assisted with the photographing of the Estelle Rebec collection. He also assisted with outreach through community visits and social networking sites such as Facebook, created a tour based on the history of collecting, and produced an online exhibition on the human body in ancient Maya art. He attended the National Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Conference in November 2009 and the Native American Indigenous Studies Association meetings in May 2010.

Human head (3-D)Human head (3-D)Clay
Mesoamerican, n.d.
Courtesy of Jason S. Ordaz and SAR. Request a free pair of 3-D glasses.
Codex: Music of Ancient MexicoCodex: Music of Ancient MexicoArtist: Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
Original Release Date: June 16, 1997
Courtesy of the artist
Human head (3-D)Codex: Music of Ancient Mexico

Henry has served as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Petroglyphs National Monument, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. He worked as a resident and teaching assistant at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he supervised Upward Bound high school students and co-taught a Native American Studies course. He holds a BA in anthropology with a minor in Native American studies from the University of New Mexico. In the summer of 2010 he began working at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado, meanwhile starting work on his master’s thesis.

Find out more about Dominic Henry by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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