Lecture - Inside and Outside Legacies of the Pueblo of Acoma

Brian Vallo, interim IARC director, School for Advanced Research

IARC Speaker Series, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free

For more than a century, the Pueblo of Acoma has applied a strategic and controlled approach in response to pressures of Western society and implications of federal policy. This discussion will focus on four significant issues that have had considerable impact on the Pueblo and its development. Initiatives in tourism, arts and culture, historic preservation, and language revitalization, will continue to have long lasting effects on a community with a culture, language, and a system of governance rooted in an oral tradition in a time of technological advancement and necessity to achieve financial stability.

Brian ValloBrian ValloPhoto courtesy of Brian Vallo. Brian Vallo is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe with more than twenty-five years of experience working with tribal groups throughout the Southwest. A former lieutenant governor, director of historic preservation, and founding director of the Haakú Museum at Acoma, his recent work experience extends into the fields of architecture, planning, and the arts. During his tenure as director of historic preservation, he led an unprecedented capital campaign in partnership with Santa Fe-based Cornerstones Community Partnerships and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in support of a comprehensive rehabilitation of historic San Esteban del Rey Mission and Convent at Acoma Pueblo. Vallo also led the planning, design, and construction of the Sky City Cultural Center and Haakú Museum following a fire that destroyed the Tourist Center, the Pueblo’s first for-profit operation. In addition to his work at Acoma, he served as the museum director at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, taught at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning, and was employed as a tribal liaison for the UNM Institute for Astrophysics LodeStar Project. Vallo has served on a number of boards including the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at UNM, the Chamiza Foundation, Southwestern Association of Indian Arts, the Native American Advised Endowment Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association, to name a few. He is currently the interim director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research.

Please note that this lecture is part of both the SAR colloquium and Speaker Series. For more information, visit here.

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

Follow us: