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Twelve Tips for Item Care in Your Home

Twelve Tips for Item Care in Your Home

By Laura Elliff Cruz, Collections Manager, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research After teaching an SAR member class in early December, Caring for Your Personal Collections at Home: An Introduction to Collections Care, I realized how busy everyday...

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Film Day Rewind

Film Day Rewind

Written by Paloma López, Educator, Indian Arts Research Center Sunday, November 6 was Film Day at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). The School for Advanced Research (SAR) and MIAC teamed up for a day of screenings, panels, and demonstrations in...

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In Memoriam: Pat Courtney Gold (1939-2022)

In Memoriam: Pat Courtney Gold (1939-2022)

Very recently, we received news that 2009 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow Pat Courtney Gold passed away on July 11, 2022. Pat, a Wasco basketmaker, grew up on the Warm Springs Reservation in the mid-Columbia River area of central Oregon. In her youth, she...

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‘Who Were You When You Stepped to This Pot?’ :

‘Who Were You When You Stepped to This Pot?’1: A Lesson in Community Curation from Grounded in Clay Guest post by Emily SanthanamConsider when and where you’ve seen Pueblo pottery in a museum. How was it displayed? Who wrote the label? What did it tell you about the...

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SAR Board Member Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

SAR Board Member Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

Brenda Child, the Northrop Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has been awarded a 2022 Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Child was a Katrin Lamon Fellow at SAR in 1992-1993 and now serves on SAR's board...

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In Memoriam Nancy Owen Lewis (1945–2022)

In Memoriam Nancy Owen Lewis (1945–2022)

With great sadness, SAR notes the passing of Dr. Nancy Owen Lewis, our longtime Director of Scholar Programs, Scholar-in-Residence, and tireless advocate, tour guide, public speaker, and prolific author. Before coming to SAR, Nancy received her Ph.D. in cultural...

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SAR Remembers Ronald N. Dubin

SAR Remembers Ronald N. Dubin

The Board of Directors and staff of the School for Advanced Research together mourn the loss of Ronald N. Dubin, who passed away in Greenwich, Connecticut, on December 30 at the age of eighty-nine.

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SAR Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

SAR Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is proud to announce that it recently received notice that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will award the school $167,825 through the NEH American Rescue Plan, which provides relief funding for cultural and educational institutions to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.

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2021 Resident Scholars Colloquium Series

2021 Resident Scholars Colloquium Series

SAR Announces the 2021 resident scholar colloquium series. From a presentation on race-making in Albania to an exploration of Indigenous perspectives on the WWII Manhattan Project, scholar colloquia are a unique opportunity to hear about each of the 2021 resident scholar projects from the researchers themselves.

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SAR Welcomes New Board Members

SAR Welcomes New Board Members

The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is pleased to welcome six new board members: John Arroyo, Brenda J. Child, Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Steve Robinson, Don Siegel, and David A. Young.

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The Long, Dark Journey of a Historic Textile Treasure

The Long, Dark Journey of a Historic Textile Treasure

This winter, IARC collections staff and interns, journeyed to Oklahoma to share with community members one of the most storied textiles in the IARC collection – the Chief White Antelope Blanket (CWAB). The Annual Gathering of the Sand Creek Descendants, held in Apache, Oklahoma, brought out between 200 and 300 people for dancing, food, and to pay tribute to the blanket. For some attendees, it was their first time to see this historic blanket. Learn more about this important piece and the continued collaborative collections-care approach taken by the IARC staff for this textile.

“We were honored to bring the blanket back to be a part of this important gathering,” says IARC collections manager, Lisa Barerra. “Since the mid-1990s,” she adds, “the IARC at SAR has worked closely with the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants Trust (SCMDT) regarding care and access to the blanket, including an agreement to bring the blanket for the gathering every two years. However, the last time the CWAB went back was actually in December 2014. While the CWAB is currently not on display (at the request of the SCMDT), an approved photograph of the blanket is available for viewing at IARC.” The photograph can be viewed during an IARC collections tour and requests to view the actual blanket require written permission from the SCMDT to do so. Reflecting on the trip and the collaborative efforts happening at the IARC, Harerra notes, “We look forward to continuing to work together with the SCMDT in the future!” 

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Showing Our Strength: Resilience and Compassion in the Indigenous Southwest

Showing Our Strength: Resilience and Compassion in the Indigenous Southwest

Free virtual event explores resilience and perseverance across pueblo communities over the last year.

The School for Advanced Research (SAR), in partnership with Thornburg, presents Showing Our Strength: Resilience and Compassion in the Indigenous Southwest (hosted online, July 8, 2021, 2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time).

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El Delirio Virtual Campus Tour

El Delirio Virtual Campus Tour

We invite you to take a virtual tour of El Delirio. Learn about the origins of the buildings and the historical significance of the sprawling estate that is now SAR’s campus. Join your guide, SAR scholar-in-residence Nancy Owen Lewis, for a delightful online tour complete with archival and contemporary visuals from SAR’s collections.

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SAR Learns! $50,000 Awarded to Support Indigenous Artists

SAR Learns! $50,000 Awarded to Support Indigenous Artists

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce our new initiative, SAR Learns! Out of a desire to support intergenerational learning and creativity during the pandemic, SAR Learns! will assist with knowledge transmission specifically within the context of the ongoing pandemic. The program will distribute $50,000, utilizing re-directed grant funds, that will enable sixteen artists to launch or complete a variety of proposed projects. 

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SAR Remembers Marshall David Sahlins

SAR Remembers Marshall David Sahlins

The School for Advanced Research(SAR) mourns the passing of Marshall David Sahlins: a preeminent anthropologist and SAR supporter whose academic work repeatedly transformed anthropology, and whose activism informed the public. Read two personal reflections by Michael F. Brown (SAR President) and Paul Ryer (Director, SAR Scholar Programs) who like so many leading anthropologists today studied at some point with professor Sahlins.

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Living Nations, Living Words, SAR Welcomes Joy Harjo

Living Nations, Living Words, SAR Welcomes Joy Harjo

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to present a virtual program welcoming U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Reflecting on the upcoming program with SAR, Harjo shares, “The StoryMap project was a way to widen the doorway that my poet laureateship created when I became the first Native U.S. Poet Laureate. It was important to show that there are many Native poets writing poetry alongside each other, and that we speak from a sense of place in which there are no political boundaries imposed by non-Native cultures and political entities.” 

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SAR Resident Scholar Colloquium Preview: Alanna Warner-Smith Examines Labor and Inequality in Nineteenth-Century New York City

SAR Resident Scholar Colloquium Preview: Alanna Warner-Smith Examines Labor and Inequality in Nineteenth-Century New York City

Join us on November 4 at 2 p.m. (MST) to hear Warner-Smith discuss “Working Hands, Indebted Bodies: The Bioarchaeology of Labor and Inequality in an Era of Progress.” She is PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Syracuse University and will be speaking as part of our fall Scholar Colloquia series. This online event is free and open to the public.

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