Sylvanus Paul

Collections Assistant, Indian Arts Research Center


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Sylvanus is a Navajo (Dine’) graduate from Pine Hill Schools on the Ramah Navajo Reservation. His traditional way of introducing himself is by first introducing his Diné clans, which are Tsé’naabiłnii (Sleeping Rock Clan), born for the Tódiichii’nii (Bitter Water Clan).

Sylvanus attended Diné College on the main campus in Tsaile, AZ, where he received his Associate of Arts Degree in Diné Studies. Continuing his pursuit in Native American Studies, Sylvanus received his Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian Studies and Southwest History at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. While attending Fort Lewis, he worked under an internship at the Delaney Research Library for the college’s Center of Southwest Studies. There he was accepted for an internship at Mesa Verde National Park. After completion of the Mesa Verde internship, Sylvanus continued to work for the Park Service with the collections at Chaco Canyon Historical Park. He has also worked as a museum technician at Chaco Canyon and at the Lab of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

After completing his contract with Chaco Canyon, he now works for the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC). At SAR, Sylvanus works with the Southwest Native textiles, where his knowledge in Diné Studies and Southwest history, as well as Native American studies, benefits the care and interpretation of the collections.

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