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THE POWER OF PAPER
IAN KUALI'I

Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Apache Mixed Media Artist

2019 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow

Artist Talk — August 8, 2019

EXPLORING IDEAS THAT MATTER
2019–2020
Resident Scholars

Forwarding thoughts on topics ranging from cylinder jars at Chaco Canyon to India's ultra-modern Delhi Metro.

Colloquia Begin — September 18, 2019

MORE THAN A COLLECTION,
IT'S A CONVERSATION
Indian Arts Research Center
Tour the nearly 12,000 works of Native American art housed across two open-shelf vaults.
Guided Tours – Fridays at 2PM

FALL ADVENTURES WITH SAR

MIMBRES AND MESAS
Register for fall member field trips including Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa and Mimbres Lives and Landscapes
September 26 & November 21-24, 2019
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We support leading-edge research and study in anthropology and related disciplines in order to foster a better understanding of humankind and the critical problems we face.
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Our Collection

We steward one of the most important collections of Southwest Native American art and guide museums around the world on best practices in collaborating with source communities.
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Our Community

We offer symposia, salons, classes and field trips that give you a unique opportunity to meet and learn from our scholars and artists. Find out how you can get involved with our diverse, dynamic community.
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Our Work

We support leading-edge research and study in anthropology and related disciplines in order to foster a better understanding of humankind and the critical problems we face.


Our Collection

We steward one of the most important collections of Southwest Native American art and guide museums around the world on best practices in collaborating with source communities.


Our Community

We offer symposia, salons, classes and field trips that give you a unique opportunity to meet and learn from our scholars and artists. Find out how you can get involved with our diverse, dynamic community.

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White Paper “Aging in Place: Challenges and Prospects”

“Aging in place” is a common phrase meaning that older people prefer to age (most frequently through the end of their lives) in their homes, in spaces that represent their lives, and ideally close to family and friends. This white paper is the result of a salon held at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) that took place on June 6, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was generously sponsored by the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation.

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Elysia Poon named Indian Arts Research Center Director

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elysia Poon as the new director of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC). With over a decade of experience within the organization as the IARC curator of education and nearly twenty years of museum experience, Poon has demonstrated a commitment to collaborative programming and a dedication to community-based collections care. Under her leadership, the IARC will continue to advance national conversations around how collecting institutions and Native American communities can work together to foster cultural heritage and promote contemporary art practices.

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A Pivot from Painting to Lingerie Design

Printmaker and painter Jordan Ann Craig has turned to a new outlet for her creativity: lingerie. Her new company, Shy Natives, founded with her sister Madison Craig, has such compelling, fresh designs, it was recently featured in Vogueworld, a daily online news site of Vogue Magazine.

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Understanding the U.S. Immigration Detention System – An Anthropologist’s Perspective

After Deborah Boehm finished her book Returned: Going and Coming in an Age of Deportation, which she partially wrote as an SAR Research Associate in 2013, she knew she needed to do more. During her research, she had formed deep relationships with immigrant families impacted by deportation. “Many of those I had interviewed had been also been detained, and their stories were so harrowing,” she says. “Their lives had been unraveled by state action.”

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Pueblo Activists and Allies against the Bursum Bill of 1921

In 1921 New Mexico senator Holm Bursum introduced a bill into Congress that would have allowed non-Native people to claim Pueblo Indian lands if they could prove ten years of residency. The Indigenous governors of the nineteen pueblos worked with John Collier, Indian rights advocate and FDR’s commissioner of Indian affairs, to send representatives to Congress who would voice their opposition to the Bursum Bill of 1921.

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Upcoming Events


Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Wednesday Summer Tours The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is[...]
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Field Trip: Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa @ Meet at SAR Campus | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
8:00 am
Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa Rock art at Rowe Mesa. Courtesy of Dick Ford. Thursday, September 26, 2019 Cost per person: $150 (Includes a $25 non-refundable tax-deductible donation to SAR) Field trip limited to[...]
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SAR In Depth: Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
The School for Advanced Research offers innovative and thought-provoking classes on a range of topics for SAR members and the general public. Courses often have opportunities to engage with rarely seen works in the IARC[...]
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Drinking Practice and Politics in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
12:00 pm
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE Patricia Crown, Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, and Weatherhead fellow at SAR Archaeologists acknowledge the importance of ritual a thousand years ago[...]
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SAR In Depth: Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
The School for Advanced Research offers innovative and thought-provoking classes on a range of topics for SAR members and the general public. Courses often have opportunities to engage with rarely seen works in the IARC[...]
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia[...]

Host your next event on the beautiful SAR campus!

The SAR campus is located on 15 acres in a residential neighborhood of Santa Fe. The historic 1920s adobe buildings, designed by William Penhallow Henderson (1877-1943), are surrounded by mature trees, terraced gardens, and gravel walkways. Different venues of varying capacity are available. Selections include the historic Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, the Boardroom Patio, the Reception Center Meeting Room, the Douglas Schwartz Seminar House Dining Room, Living Room, and Patio. Download flyer here

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