Consultations: Providing Interpretation and Guidance for Collections

Jim Enote, Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center
Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Director, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
Gary Roybal, Native American Liaison, Bandelier National Monument
Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Moderator), IARC Director, School for Advanced Research

IARC Speaker Series, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Meem Auditorium

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Native community representatives often work with museums to improve collections records and bring information back to the tribe. How do tribal representatives determine what information can be shared with the public and at what level? Where is the line between what should be kept internal versus made public—even in limited amounts—for the sake of preservation?

This lecture is part of the 2013 Speaker Series of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. The series, titled Ethics, Aesthetics, and Preservation of the Arts, is geared toward individuals and institutions interested in collecting and working with cultural materials. Speakers will delve into the various legal and ethical issues surrounding art collecting and preservation, and offer some best-practice guidelines.

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Jim Enote, Zuni farmer and interrupted artist, has explored to a large degree such varied subjects as cultural pattern languages, Zuni architecture as Fluxus art, Japanese art after 1945, and map art of indigenous peoples. Born in Zuni, New Mexico, Enote considers his career an odyssey of hitchhiking, watermelon picking, writing, and advocacy for indigenous peoples. Besides currently serving as director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, he is a member of the board of trustees for the Grand Canyon Trust, a senior advisor for Mountain Cultures at the Mountain Institute, a New Mexico Community Luminaria, an E.F. Shumacher Society Fellow, and board member of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. In 2010, Enote was awarded the Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology. He is now camped out at his work-in-progress home in Zuni.

Leigh J. Kuwanwisiwma is the director of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, a position he has held for twenty-three years. In this capacity, he has conducted extensive consultations with museums nationwide. Particularly under the Native Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), he has provided tribal information to determine whether objects held by museums are subject to the act. Kuwanwisiwma has also collaborated with the professional community to conduct research on Hopi ethno-history, petroglyphs interpretation, landscapes, and archaeology. He is a former member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Arizona Archaeology Commission and currently serves on the Arizona State Museum’s Tribal Advisory Board. 

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Gary S. Roybal has served as the Museum Technician/Native American Liaison at Bandelier National Monument/NPS since 1990, where he most recently helped to oversee the renovation of Bandelier’s visitor center. Previously, he served as assistant curator at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and repatriation specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resource Center. While representing his community of San Ildefonso Pueblo, he served as lieutenant governor, tribal council member, and head war captain/chief.

Also a moccasin maker, Gary Roybal participated in SAR’s Moccasin Seminar in 2009. Mr. Roybal has an associate’s degree in fine arts from the Institute of American Indian Art.

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