Anne Ray Intern Presentations

Lisa Barrera and Melvin Sarracino, Anne Ray Interns, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Lisa Hsu BarreraLisa Hsu Barrera2012–2013 Anne Ray Intern, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz
Lisa Hsu Barrera
Melvin SarracinoMelvin Sarracino2012–2013 Anne Ray Intern, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz
Melvin Sarracino

Connecting Collections to the Community: Best Practices and Recommendations for the California State Indian Museum’s Basketry Collection

Lisa Barrera, Anne Ray Intern, SAR

Most museums display between two and four percent of their collections. At the California State Indian Museum, 3.3 percent of the collection of approximately 15,000 objects is on display, compared to the Smithsonian Institution, which displays less than two percent of its massive collection of 137 million objects. The purpose of my research is to explore ways to connect un-exhibited museum collections to communities. How can we make these hidden collections relevant and integral to people’s lives today? What are the best practices for improving access to the California State Indian Museum basketry collections?

The Cultural Relevance of K’unee to K’awaika’a-mesch

Melvin Sarracino, Anne Ray Intern, SAR

For centuries, the indigenous people of the Southwest have survived in the dry desert environment with knowledge and respect for all that the land provides. The customs, traditions, and herbal wisdom of the Pueblo people reflect a relationship that exists with the land. The Pueblo of Laguna people have always held K’unee, the one-seed juniper tree, in high regard. In this presentation, Sarracino invites you to experience how he has learned the significance of K’unee to K’awaik’a-mesch, the Laguna People.

Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust

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