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|Expertise||Director, 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 Organization||National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute|
|Type of Organization||Museum|
|Major Product||Exhibitions, research, collections, tours, educational programs|
|Area of Distribution||International|
|University/Degree||B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley|
|Affiliations||American Association of Anthropology; National Anthropologists Association|
|Career Accomplishments||Research 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 Museums quincentennial exhibit Grand-father, Heart Our Voices in 1992.|
|Work History||Has 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 (198386) and as the Director of Ethnic studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California (197883)|
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