Teresa Montoya

Anne Ray Intern


Teresa MontoyaTeresa Montoya2010–2011 Anne Ray Native InternTeresa Montoya2010–2011 Anne Ray Native Intern

Teresa Montoya has been chosen as a 2010–2011 Anne Ray Native Intern. Hailing from the Diné (Navajo) Nation, she currently lives in Denver, CO. Teresa’s experience includes being a cultural interpreter department intern at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., a volunteer at the Denver Museum of Anthropology, American Indian research services coordinator at the University of Denver’s Center for Multicultural Excellence, and a co-curator for an exhibit on Navajo weaving with male weaver Roy Kady.

Teresa plans to expand her experience in working with collections and sees her time at IARC as an opportunity to build upon prior museum experiences. Her research interests include museum anthropology, new museology, methods of collaboration, Native representation, diversity in museums, and Navajo weaving exhibitions. While at SAR, she will strive to reach these goals by spending half of her time working on collections/ registration projects, and the other half of her time working on academic/ programming projects.

According to her:

My interest in museum work stems from a desire to help redefine the relationships that museums hold with Native people and more importantly, how we as Native people are redefining the way we are represented in museums. A position in the SAR internship program would grant me the knowledge and skills I need to work with Native collections as a curator and to honor my culture in a personally fulfilling way.

Teresa is completing her Masters in Anthropology with a museum studies emphasis at the University of Denver. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (art history emphasis) and Spanish. Teresa will be in residence at SAR from September 1, 2010–May 31, 2011.

Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust

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