Teresa Montoya

Anne Ray Native Intern

Teresa MontoyaTeresa Montoya2010–2011 Anne Ray Native InternTeresa Montoya2010–2011 Anne Ray Native Intern

Teresa Montoya (Diné) has a range of experience that includes being an intern with the Cultural Interpreter Program at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, a volunteer at the Denver Museum of Anthropology, the American Indian research services coordinator at the University of Denver’s Center for Multicultural Excellence, and a co-curator for an exhibit on Navajo weaving with weaver Roy Kady.

Upon arriving at SAR, Montoya’s plan was to expand her experience in working with collections, and she viewed her internship at IARC as an opportunity to build upon prior museum experiences. Her research interests include museum anthropology, new museology, methods of collaboration, Native representation, diversity in museums, and Navajo weaving exhibitions. While at SAR, Montoya strove to reach her goal by spending half of her time working on collections and registration projects and the other half working on academic and programming projects. Her online exhibit, “Trading Concepts: Re-Visions of Southwest Artistic Heritage,” premiered on the SAR website in May. Her colloquium presentation, “Woven Kin: Exploring Representation and Collaboration in Navajo Weaving,” examined the relationship between representational strategies and the employment of critical Indigenous methodologies in the display of Navajo weavings in both Native and non-Native museums.

Montoya is completing her masters in anthropology with a museum studies emphasis at the University of Denver. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (art history emphasis) and Spanish.

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

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