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

Joint Hosted by SAR and MIAC

April 25, 2013 12:00 pm through 1:30 pm

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:00 pm, Free. Location: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Meem Auditorium

Consultations: Providing Interpretation and Guidance for Collections

Jim Enote, Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Director, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Moderator), IARC Director, SAR

Native community representatives often work with museums to improve collections records and bring information back to the tribe. How do tribal representatives determine what information can be shared with the public and at what level? Where is the line between what should be kept internal vs. public knowledge—even in limited amounts—for the sake of preservation?

Jim Enote, Zuni farmer and interrupted artist, has explored to a large degree such varied subjects as cultural pattern languages, Zuni architecture as Fluxus art, Japanese art after 1945, and map art of indigenous peoples. Born in Zuni, New Mexico, Enote considers his career an odyssey of hitchhiking, watermelon picking, writing, and advocacy for indigenous peoples. Besides currently serving as director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, he is a member of the board of trustees for the Grand Canyon Trust, a senior advisor for Mountain Cultures at the Mountain Institute, a New Mexico Community Luminaria, an E.F. Shumacher Society Fellow, and board member of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. In 2010, Enote was awarded the Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology. He is now camped out at his work-in-progress home in Zuni.

Leigh J. Kuwanwisiwma is the director of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, a position he has held for twenty-three years. In this capacity, he has conducted extensive consultations with museums nationwide. Particularly under the Native Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), he has provided tribal information to determine whether objects held by museums are subject to the act. Kuwanwisiwma has also collaborated with the professional community to conduct research on Hopi ethno-history, petroglyphs interpretation, landscapes, and archaeology. He is a former member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Arizona Archaeology Commission and currently serves on the Arizona State Museum’s Tribal Advisory Board. 

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.