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2016–2017 Annual Report




Cultural identity is formed through a group’s shared experience and the search for meaning. All living beings are shaped by conditions in which they live, including climate, food sources, available shelter, and the threat of predators. While some animals share our need for belonging, humans alone search for meaning. This search takes the form of observation, introspection, ritual, creation stories, and notions of an afterlife. How humans discern and manifest their beliefs help make up their cultural identity. The attempt to sort out how and why this happens is key to understanding what it means to be human. Such progress in understanding can help us shape a more rewarding and sustainable future.

President’s Message

When thinking retrospectively about SAR’s activities of a year just completed, sometimes a central theme percolates to the surface, the result of accident more than design. What emerged as a widely shared interest in 2016–2017 was the issue of collective identity— how groups maintain, defend, restore, and sometimes reinvent their identity.

SAR’s celebration of its 110th birthday in 2017 was an opportune moment to reassess our identity as an institution.

The archaeology of the Southwest and elsewhere thus remains part of our institutional DNA. But institutions must change and adapt to remain sustainable, and we’ve concluded that there is ample room in our mission to support fresh thinking about today’s social problems.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our events in the coming year.

Michael F. Brown, President

SAR by the Numbers

Years in Existence

Resident Scholars since 1993

Native American Artist Fellows since 1984

Members as of June 30, 2017

SAR Press Publications Currently in Print

Objects in the IARC Collections

Scholar Programs

Fosters deep study and its insights, furthers understanding of humanity and informs solutions to current and future challenges. Read more >

The Indian Arts Research Center

Ensures that Native American art thrives in the future and that its cultural and historical significance is recorded with sensitivity and accuracy. Read more >

SAR Press

Influences thought and creates change by making some of the latest anthropological research available through print and digital publications. Read more >

Public Education and Outreach

Adds depth, immediacy, and emotional impact to learning experiences through field trips and lectures, salons and classes. Read more >

Book Awards

Honors the best in anthropological research and writing. Read more >


Your Support Matters

You can have a direct impact on the future of SAR. By giving to SAR, you support the organization’s ability to foster intellectually creative inquiry and expression exploring the human experience through its scholars, artists, and public programs. Give today >

2016–2017 Resident Scholars

Scholar Programs’ focus on anthropology and the social sciences provides the underpinning for well-thought-out and informed decision-making about how we want to live. Thanks to its generous supporters, this year SAR’s Scholar Programs division was able to provide fellowships for six resident scholars.

2016–2017 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence
// There is a long history of patronage of the arts. Without patronage, there would be less art. Less art means less beauty. And without beauty, well . . . what would we have? //


Native Artist Fellows

Though the contemporary Native artist fellows are individuals shaped by current culture, the opportunity to study and reflect on the artistic expressions in the IARC collection and in Santa Fe deepens their understanding of art forms and helps drive their own work into the future.

Senior Scholars and Scholar-in-Residence

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is home to several administrative faculty, research associates, and senior scholars who are actively engaged in research and writing in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts.

Programs and Outreach

Click the dots along the timeline, or move forward/back using the left and right arrow buttons to see all the events of FY 2016–2017.

  1. July 6, 2016

    Collections of Distinction

    Tour at the Home of Bob and Lora Sandroni.

    Read more about President's Circle Events >

  2. August 4, 2016

    Native American Artist Fellow Talk

    Carol Emarthle-Douglas

    Profile and Video >

  3. September 25–29, 2016

    Advanced Seminar
    How Nature Works

    Read more >

    Funded by Mill Foundation

  4. October 4 – November 1, 2016

    In-Depth Class

    Southwest Native Arts: An Exploration of Art, Community, and People
    Bruce Bernstein

    Read more >

  5. October 5, 2016

    Scholar Colloquium

    Listening Across Time and Geography: Exploring Sound in Archaeology
    Miriam Kolar

    Read more >

  6. October 12, 2016

    Scholar Colloquium

    Analyzing the Impact of Native Peoples on the Anglo-Caribbean during the Early Modern Era
    Nathaniel Millett

    Read more >

  7. October 13, 2016

    Crossing Global Frontiers Lecture Series

    Global Citizenship
    Aneesh Aneesh

    Read more >

  8. October 14–16, 2016

    Field Trip

    Archaeoastronomy of Chaco Canyon

    Find out more about SAR Field Trips >

  9. October 19, 2016

    Scholar Colloquium

    Sı Eres Genízaro: Recognition, Belonging, and Genízaro Indigeneity in Northern New Mexico
    Gregorio Gonzales

    Read more >

  10. October 20, 2016

    El Delirio Legacy Circle Event

    Fall Harvest Celebration

  11. October 25–27, 2016

    Research Team Seminar

    Reassembling the Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians: Toward a Collaborative Critical Edition of Franz Boas and George Hunt’s Pioneering 1897 Monograph

    Read more >

    Funded by the National Science Foundation
  12. October 26, 2016

    Scholar Colloquium

    Resurgent Indigeneity: Re/Making Indígena and Community through Education
    Luis Urrieta

    Read more >

  13. November 2, 2016

    Scholar Colloquium

    Mexican Nazis & Global Pachucos: Propaganda, Intelligence and the Production of Border Invasion Anxiety during World War II
    David Romo

  14. November 3, 2016

    Crossing Global Frontiers Lecture Series

    A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians
    Sascha Scott

  15. November 5, 2016

    Field Trip

    Rock Art and Ruins of the Galisteo Basin
    Gary Hein

    Find out more about SAR Field Trips >

  16. November 9, 2016

    Scholar Colloquium

    Bad Births, Bad Bodies: Obstetric Fistula and Treatment Seeking in Niger
    Alison Heller

    Read more >

  17. November 13, 2016

    J.I. Staley Prize Award Ceremony

    Congratulations to Stephan Helmreich

    Read more >

  18. November 15, 2016

    Native American Artist Fellow Talk

    Lomayumtewa K. Ishii

  19. December 8, 2016

    President’s Circle Winter Party

    A Festive Mayan Evening

    Read more about President's Circle Events >

  20. January 1, 2017

    New Year's Day

  21. January 7–8, 2017

    Field Trip

    Migrations: The Piro Pueblo Peoples and the Bosque del Apache

    Find out more about SAR Field Trips >

  22. January 26, 2017

    Crossing Global Frontiers Lecture Series

    What the Bin Laden Tapes Reveal about Al-Qaida
    Flagg Miller

  23. February 10–19, 2017

    Field Trip

    Yucatan: Maya Ruins and Fabulous Haciendas
    Dr. William Saturno

    Find out more about SAR Field Trips >

  24. February 23, 2017

    Crossing Global Frontiers Lecture Series

    What Ifs: Santa Fe and Southwestern Archaeology

  25. March 29, 2017

    IARC Speaker Series

    Keynote Session: The History of SAR and its Relationship to Indigenous Peoples

  26. April 4–6, 2017

    Research Team Seminar

    Aboriginal Tourism: Prospects for the Development of Diverse and Sustainable Indigenous Enterprises in the Americas

    Read more >

    Funded by the National Science Foundation
  27. April 5, 2017

    IARC Speaker Series

    Trailblazing an Indigenous Archaeology: New Methodologies

    Read more >

  28. April 25–May 16, 2017

    In-Depth Class

    Southwest Native Arts: An Exploration of Art, Community, and People
    David E. Stuart

    Find out more about SAR Classes >

  29. April 27, 2017

    Latino Studies Lecture

    Hispano Homeland or Fantasy Heritage?
    John Nieto-Phillips

    Read more >

  30. May 7–11, 2017

    Advanced Seminar

    Archaeologies of Empire

    Read more >

    Funded by the Annenberg Conversations Endowment

  31. May 11, 2017

    President’s Circle Spring Event

    An Evening with Douglas Preston: “They Came to Wither the Flowers: The Abandonment of Ancient Mosquitia”

    Read more >

  32. May 12, 2017

    Field Trip

    Experimental Living on the Edge of the Taos Desert

    Find out more about SAR Field Trips >

  33. May 17, 2017

    IARC Intern Colloquium

    Nina Sanders and Saeko Yamada

    Learn more about Nina and Saeko >

  34. May 18, 2017

    Crossing Global Frontiers Lecture Series

    How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think
    Lera Boroditsky

  35. May 19, 2017

    Native American Artist Fellow Talk

    Luanne Redeye, 2017 Barbara and Eric Dobkin Native Artist Fellow

    A video interview is also available here >

  36. May 22, 2017

    IARC Speaker Series

    Symposium - Understanding Cultural Property: A Path to Healing through Communication

    Read more >

  37. June 23, 2017

    President’s Circle Event

    An Evening with Wes Cowan in Honor of SAR’s 110th Anniversary

    Read more >

  38. June 24, 2017

    110 Years at SAR Anniversary Event

    What’s Your Treasure Worth? Open House and Treasures Event

    Read more >

Summary Financial Statement

Funds raised or earned in previous years were used to fund the current year’s operations.

Featured Projects
Community + Museums: Guidelines for Collaboration

After four years of work, the IARC launched an online resource for communities and museums featuring two sets of guidelines designed to encourage collaboration. In partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian, the IARC engaged over 100 tribal representatives, museum professionals, and artists with this initiative. Read more >

Anne Ray Interns

FY 2017 marked another successful year of supporting two Anne Ray interns through a generous grant from the Anne Ray Foundation. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, intern Saeko Yamada explored how different aspects of museum practices can be valuable to Native communities. Intern Nina Sanders (Crow) confirmed her career in museum work through her experience at SAR. The internships focus on training recent college graduates and junior museum professionals. Interns work in registration, collections management, education, and programming. Read more >

SAR Press Books

SAR Press

SAR Press publishes books that provide us with access to the minds of some of today’s best researchers and writers in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, the social sciences, and Native American art. SAR Press produced five new publications this year. Read more >

Donor Profile

Ronald and Susan Dubin, SAR supporters for more than two decades. Ron was a founding partner of Dubin Clark and Co., a private equity firm. Susie is president of Dubin Investments. Dividing their time between Greenwich, Connecticut, and Santa Fe, the Dubins funded the construction of SAR’s Native American artist studio, which is named in their honor. They also endowed the first of SAR’s three Native American artist fellowships. Ron served as an SAR board member between 1994 and 2002.

“Native American culture and art hold a special place in the hearts of my wife and myself,” Ron Dubin says. “Twenty-four years ago, this interest motivated us to establish a fellowship at SAR where Native American artists are invited to spend the summer in Santa Fe and work at SAR in an art studio we built there. Unencumbered by life’s interruptions, they can draw inspiration from viewing the extensive SAR Native art collection. The satisfaction we feel each year from what these talented artists have accomplished and the ever-growing circle of Indian friendships we have developed more than compensate for what we have given.”


You can play a role in helping guarantee SAR’s future. By giving to SAR, you are supporting an organization where probing questions of global significance are explored every day. Each year, SAR must raise more than sixty percent of its budget through private-source revenues. Gifts of all sizes are essential to maintaining the quality of programming and research at SAR.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support the programs at SAR, you may visit donate.sarweb.org.

Thank you for making a difference now and into the future through your generosity!

The School for Advanced Research gratefully acknowledges the very generous support of the Paloheimo Foundation for production of this report. The Foundation’s grant honors the late Leonora Paloheimo and her mother, Leonora Curtin, who served on the Board of Managers of the School from 1933 to 1972.

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