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Native Women in the Arts: History, Family, Community and the World

IARC Speaker Series, Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe
Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-7:00pm, Admission is free.

Speaker: Dr Tessie Naranjo, independant scholar

The history of Native women in the arts is vast and enormously complex. In this lecture, SAR has invited Nora Naranjo Morse’s sister Dr. Tessie Naranjo to touch on significant points that help define the history of Native women in the arts including: generational communication, art in the everyday, and fundamental values; through the lens of her highly accomplished and artistic family, the Naranjos of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Tessie Naranjo, an enrolled member of Santa Clara Pueblo, received her PhD in Sociology in 1992 from the University of New Mexico. For many of her adult years, she has served as consultant to museums, language programs, and various agencies engaged in language and cultural preservation. She was co-Director of the Northern Pueblos Institute from 2005-2010 at the Northern New Mexico College and helped establish the A.A. and B.A. degrees in Pueblo Indian Studies. More recently, she has been working for Pojoaque Pueblo as consultant on the Wia Di Powa or They Came Back Project, bringing back home, on long term loan, one hundred Tewa ancestral pots from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. In her community, Tessie Naranjo continues to do language and cultural work.