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Professional of the Year for 2017 in Anthropology: JoAllyn Archambault

JoAllyn Archambault PhotoJoAllyn Archambault
IndustryMuseum
TitleMuseum Anthropologist
ExpertiseDirector, American Indian Program; preserving and promoting Native American art, culture, and political anthropology; acts as an ethnic liaison, supervises Native American fellowship interns, and manages an annual program budget
Current OrganizationNational Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute
Type of OrganizationMuseum
Major ProductExhibitions, research, collections, tours, educational programs
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreeB.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
BornOklahoma
AffiliationsAmerican Association of Anthropology; National Anthropologists Association
Career AccomplishmentsResearch interests focus on several urban and reservation communities in specific areas including reservation land use, health evaluation, expressive art, material culture, contemporary native culture, and the sun dance ceremony of eight different Plains groups. Responsible for the redesign of the North American Indian Ethnology Halls for the “Changing Culture in a Changing World” exhibit. has curated four major exhibits: “Plains Indian Arts: Change and Continuity” (1987), “100 Years of Plains Indian Painting” (1989), “Indian Basketry and Their Makers” (1990), and “Seminole!” (1990). Contributed to the Los Angeles Southwest Museum’s quincentennial exhibit “Grand-father, Heart Our Voices” in 1992.
Work HistoryHas taught classes in Native American studies at numerous colleges and universities including: Pine Ridge Tribal College, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; University of California, Berkeley; the University of New Mexico; and Johns Hopkins University; worked as a Professor at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Anthropology (1983–86) and as the Director of Ethnic studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California (1978–83)
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