Panel Discussion - Cultural Centers and Inclusive Narratives

Janine Ledford, Director, Makah Cultural and Resource Center
Manny Wheeler, Director, Navajo Nation Museum
Travis Zimmerman, Site Manager, Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Moderator: Amy Lonetree, PhD., Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz

IARC Speaker Series, SAR Boardroom

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free

This panel discussion explore how cultural centers and indigenous museums choose to explore and include or exclude the numerous narrative(s) that surround them.

Janine LedfordJanine Ledford Photo courtesy of Janine Ledford.Janine Ledford Photo courtesy of Janine Ledford.Janine Ledford (Makah) is the Executive Director of the Makah Cultural and Research Center, a position she has held since 1995. As the Director she oversees the Makah Language Program, the Archives and library, the Education Department, and Curation/Exhibits. Ms. Ledford is also the Makah Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. Ms. Ledford lives on the Makah Indian Reservation with her four children (one is in University). She wrote a chapter for "Coming To Shore: Northwest Coast Ethnology, Traditions, and Visions Edited by Marie Mauze, Michael Harkin and (Dartmouth Professor) Sergie Kan. University of Nebraska Press 2004.

Ms. Ledford serves on the Washington State Governor’s Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, is the Chairperson for the National Association for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, and is the Chairperson for the Makah Tribe’s Higher Education Committee.

Manuelito (Manny) Wheeler (Diné) has been Director of the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona, since 2008. Born and raised in the Navajo Nation, and the namesake of a prominent Diné leader, Wheeler is deeply concerned with language and culture. He was determined to have a very popular film translated into Navajo, and set out on a three-year quest to make it happen. He approached the Navajo Nation and Lucasfilm, and as a result Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) was translated into its fortieth language, Diné. Travis ZimmermanTravis Zimmerman Photo courtesy of Travis Zimmerman.In July 2013 the dubbing was completed and the film premiered the following September at the Navajo Nation Fair.

Travis Zimmerman is a descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Minnesota National Guards. Travis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and is currently the Site Manager of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post and the Indian Affairs Liaison for the Minnesota Historical Society, where he has been employed for over seven years. Travis has been involved with American Indian nonprofits in Minnesota for the last 20 years; serving as a staff member and board member of dozens of organizations.

Amy LonetreeAmy Lonetree Photo courtesy of Amy Lonetree.Amy Lonetree Photo courtesy of Amy Lonetree.Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk Nation) is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. Her scholarly work focuses on Indigenous history, visual culture studies, and museum studies. Her publications include, Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums (University of North Carolina Press, 2012); a co-edited book with Amanda J. Cobb, The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations (University of Nebraska Press, 2008); and a co-authored volume, People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942 (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011). She is currently working on a visual history of the Ho-Chunk Nation from 1879-1960. This research explores the intersections of photographic images, family history, tourism, and Ho-Chunk survivance through an examination of photographic collections currently housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society. She has received fellowships in support of this research from the School for Advanced Research, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, and the Bard Graduate Center in New York.

Videography by John Sadd

Videography by John Sadd

Sponsored by School for Advanced Research and Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

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