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Speaker Series: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Preservation of the Arts

Joint Hosted by SAR and MIAC

April 11, 2013 12:00 pm through 1:30 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:00 pm, Free. Location: School of Advanced Research Boardroom

Tribal Archives: Ethics and the Right to Access

Attorney Peter Chestnut talks about various issues and concerns that have impacted tribal archives and how these institutions and communities have solved or negotiated through these issues.

Peter Chestnut is managing shareholder of Chestnut Law Offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His legal work emphasizes Indian Affairs and Water Law, serving primarily Pueblo Indian tribal governments and their business entities. He has provided legal advice and representation to Pueblo governments and worked with tribal record keepers for over thirty years.

Chestnut has also worked with archivists at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to establish and maintain the archive of documents belonging to the four Pueblos involved in State of New Mexico v. Aamodt, a leading Pueblo Indian water rights case. He has also addressed the Tribal Archivists Institute sponsored by the Western Archives Institute.

This series is open and FREE to the public. These are brown bag lunch events, so please feel free to bring a meal with you to the lectures. Reservations can be made by calling (505) 954-7205 or e-mailing iarc[at]   

The Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce its partnership with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture to host the 2013 Speaker Series, Ethics, Aesthetics, and Preservation of the Arts. This speaker series is geared toward individuals and institutions interested in collecting and working with cultural materials. Over the course of several months, speakers will delve into the various legal and ethical issues surrounding art collecting and preservation, and offer some best practice guidelines. Talks will be held at the host institutions, the School for Advanced Research and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. Please make note of the location of each talk.