School for Advanced Research

School for Advanced Research The School for Advanced Research has supported innovative social science and Native American artistic creativity for more than a century. Since we began offering fellowships in 1972, we have funded the work of more than 345 SAR scholars and artists, among whose ranks are six MacArthur Fellows and eighteen Guggenheim Fellows.
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Please join us in Santa Fe for insightful lectures or a tour of the School's historic campus. You can also follow the work of our resident scholars and Native American artists on our website at www.sarweb.org.

Mission: SAR advances creative thought and innovative work in the social sciences, humanities, and Native American arts. The School for Advanced Research provides a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR draws upon its century-deep roots in the American Southwest, anthropology, and indigenous arts to present programs, publications and initiatives that impart the learning of social scientists, humanists, and artists to inform the thoughts and actions of scholars, artists, educators, and the interested public. Vision: To become the preeminent institution that fosters understanding of humankind through scholarly and artistic creativity.

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02/14/2021

𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲’𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗦𝗔𝗥’𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗩𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽

Have you participated in our virtual events over the last year? From excavated sites at Chaco Canyon to the heights of the Himalayas, our speakers have taken us around the world through online programs.

This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to share the love and join SAR as one of our new virtual members - or purchase a membership as a gift for a friend or family member.

For just $25 per year, you can engage in our programming and experience all SAR has to offer virtually. Your support keeps SAR’s online programs accessible and free of charge to a broad and diverse audience.

Join today: https://sarweb.org/membership/join-virtual/

Job Alert ::Two grant-funded positions have recently opened at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts: a full-time Cura...
02/12/2021
Institute of American Indian&Alaska - Job Opportunities

Job Alert ::

Two grant-funded positions have recently opened at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts: a full-time Curatorial Assistant and a part-time Security Guard. There's also a job opening on the main IAIA campus for a Studio MFA Program Coordinator.

The IAIA mission is: "To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning and outreach."

If serving this mission appeals to you, check out the IAIA employment site for job descriptions and application details:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/All/0b008ec9-45d0-49e4-9e13-872c855bfed4/Institute-of-American-IndianAlaska

Institute of American Indian&Alaska - Job Opportunities

Do scholarly monographs seem too expensive? Have you ever wondered why they're priced the way they are? In a recent blog...
02/11/2021

Do scholarly monographs seem too expensive? Have you ever wondered why they're priced the way they are?

In a recent blog post on Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications, Michigan State University Press editor-in-chief Catherine Cocks describes changes in technology, budgets, and markets to explain the costs of publishing monographs today. And she points out the challenges facing academic publishers, who have to balance mission with sustainability.

You can find her succinct and informative article "Why Is My Book So Expensive? The Cost of a Scholarly Monograph" on the H-Net Book Channel:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/1883/discussions/7256533/why-my-book-so-expensive-cost-scholarly-monograph

"I'm happy to share an opportunity for Native American Youth. The Heard Museum Native Arts Resource Group is hosting a W...
02/10/2021

"I'm happy to share an opportunity for Native American Youth.

The Heard Museum Native Arts Resource Group is hosting a Warp Face Belt Weaving Workshop. Here is a description of the workshop, 'This workshop is an introduction to warp face weaving of a small belt taught by Shawna Shandiin Sunrise a Diné (Navajo) / Kewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo) 5th generation weaver & multimedia artist. She will be sharing weaving lessons taught to her by her mother, Pearl Sunrise. The class will begin March 10 on Wednesdays and Thursdays via Zoom at 4pm (MST) to 5:30pm for 4 weeks. Supplemental material (videos, photos, diagrams, drawings, etc) will be provided.'

Please note that applicants must be ages 12-25 and have access to Zoom and Google Classroom. Applications are due February 22nd. For more information and the application please visit: https://narg.heard.org/upcoming-workshops/

-Sháńdíín"

Check out this FREE and OPEN virtual programming at this year's College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference taking p...
02/09/2021

Check out this FREE and OPEN virtual programming at this year's College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference taking place this week with live content February 10–13, 2021.

CAA's Services to Artists Committee (SAC) will be facilitating a number of free-and-open programs for artists, by artists. The 2021 virtual conference includes several sessions highlighting the work of Indigenous artists and scholars. IARC's curator of education, Felicia Garcia, will be presenting her work as part of a Land Acknowledgement Workshop on Friday, February 12, 10:30 - 12:00pm (MST).

These sessions are open to all, so please feel free to share this widely! We hope to see you online during the conference.

Registration info, session details, and more at:
https://www.servicestoartists.com/indigenous-artist

“Want a great excuse to travel to Australia? Check out the exhibition ‘Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion,’ which r...
02/05/2021
Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

“Want a great excuse to travel to Australia? Check out the exhibition ‘Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion,’ which recently showed at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria, Australia!

This exhibit was the first major survey of contemporary Indigenous Australian fashion, shedding light on a growing industry and a meaningful art movement. ‘Piinipi,’ an Indigenous word commonly used across regions of East Coast Cape York Peninsula, refers to Indigenous ‘seasonal changes’ and the regeneration of Country. As explained by First Nations Curator Shonae Hobson:

‘For many of the designers and artists in this exhibition, knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important and it’s depicted in a lot of their garments, woven material, and textile prints.’

The works on view are stunning examples of Indigenous creativity, style, and innovation – so you won’t want to miss the virtual show! Head over to the Bendigo Art Gallery website to watch the curator-led exhibition tour:”

https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/bendigo-art-gallery/exhibitions/piinpi-contemporary-indigenous-fashion

– Emily

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion brings together a selection of garments and textiles by First Nations designers and arti

Interested in learning more about the Anne Ray internship program and possible career outcomes? For the the months of Ja...
02/05/2021

Interested in learning more about the Anne Ray internship program and possible career outcomes? For the the months of January and February 2021, SAR Artists Live will feature past IARC interns in this limited SAR Interns Live series.

Join us next Wednesday, February 10th, as we jump behind-the-scenes and into the life of 2010-2011 Anne Ray Intern, Dr. Teresa Montoya (Diné). Dr. Montoya is a social scientist and media maker trained in socio-cultural anthropology, critical Indigenous studies, and filmmaking. She is currently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago where she holds a position in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Login to your Instagram account and go to SAR’s Instagram page at 4 p.m. on February 10th to watch and chat with Teresa live!

https://www.instagram.com/schoolforadvancedresearch

"Hello SAR Community!I hope you are all as well as can be.  If you are interested in learning more about Kanaka Maoli (N...
02/03/2021
All My Relations | HOME

"Hello SAR Community!

I hope you are all as well as can be. If you are interested in learning more about Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) peoples' efforts to protect the sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, I highly suggest checking out the new three-part series of the All My Relations Podcast. This series, called 'For the Love of The Mauna', explores the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom and highlights the cultural significance of the land to contextualize this complex topic. You can find the episodes at https://www.allmyrelationspodcast.com/

Thank you & stay safe!

Sháńdíín"

All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) to explore our relationships— relationships to land, to our creatural relatives, and to one another.

Still time to sign up for "The Skeletons at the Lake," a conversation with biological anthropologist Augustín Fuentes an...
02/02/2021
Special Event: The Skeletons at the Lake (2021-02-03)

Still time to sign up for "The Skeletons at the Lake," a conversation with biological anthropologist Augustín Fuentes and SAR advisory board member and author Douglas Preston, Weds (tomorrow), 3 pm MST.

Hosted by SAR, the event is free with an option for a suggested donation.

Register here: https://sarweb.org/event/special-event-the-skeletons-at-the-lake/

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE Join author and SAR advisory board member Douglas Preston and biological anthropologist, Agustín Fuentes, for a conversation about the recent study of human remains found at Roopkund, a lake high in India’s Himalayan mountain range. The program will explore the m

Did you know that before using turkeys as food, Ancestral Puebloan people harvested their feathers to weave into blanket...
02/02/2021
In the Ancient American Southwest, Turkeys Were Friends, Not Food

Did you know that before using turkeys as food, Ancestral Puebloan people harvested their feathers to weave into blankets?

SAR seminar organizer and author William D. Lipe and colleagues have recently published new research on the importance of turkeys among Indigenous peoples of the ancient US Southwest. Highlights of the study are reported in Smithsonian Magazine:

"'The birds that supplied the feathers were likely being treated as individuals important to the household and would have been buried complete,' says the paper’s lead author, Bill Lipe. . . . 'This reverence for turkeys and their feathers is still evident today in Pueblo dances and rituals. They are right up there with eagle feathers as being symbolically and culturally important.'"

Read the overview, and browse more of Dr. Lipe's publications on our book pages:

http://ow.ly/rU9k50DojgE

https://sarweb.org/reconstructing-prehistoric-pueblo-societies/
https://sarweb.org/the-mesa-verde-world/
https://sarweb.org/in-search-of-chaco/
https://sarweb.org/archaeology-cultural-resource-management/
https://sarweb.org/the-archaeology-of-chaco-canyon/

An 800-year-old blanket made out of turkey feathers testifies to the bird's significance in Pueblo culture

“Interested in Indigenous fiber, textile, and mixed media arts? If so, go online to explore ‘Art of Indigenous Fibers,’ ...
01/29/2021
Online Exhibition

“Interested in Indigenous fiber, textile, and mixed media arts? If so, go online to explore ‘Art of Indigenous Fibers,’ a new SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian Market exhibition!

This exhibit features 10 Indigenous artists currently challenging the categorical intersections of fiber art and Native American art. Both of these disciplines have, at different points in history, been considered ‘craft’ instead of ‘fine art.’ The artists featured are both pushing the boundaries of fiber, and transforming unconventional materials into unexpected textiles.

Two previous SAR Native Artist Fellows, Meghann O’Brien (2019 Dobkin Fellow) and Jeffrey Gibson (2008 Dubin Fellow), are included in the show. Meghann O’Brien reframes and refashions ideas linked to her Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw history, interpreting values with her own visual language and embracing diverse fibers, materials, and performance.

Interdisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson creates art that references various aesthetic and material histories rooted in Native cultures. Recycled computer motherboards are sewn together to re-examine the importance of craft and skilled labor, while also commenting on the crucial role of women within Indigenous communities."

This exhibit is available online through February 7, 2021. To access the show, visit:

https://market.swaia.org/online-exhibition/

– Emily

Art of Indigenous Fibers January 25 to February 7, 2021 www.swaia.org Curators Statement Art of Indigenous Fibers is an online SWAIA exhibition featuring Indigenous artists who creatively challenge the categorical intersection of fiber, textile, and mixed media to create conceptual art rooted in the...

"Job Alert!Hello SAR Community, The Hood Museum of Art has a job opening for a Lead Preparator. The position purpose is ...
01/27/2021

"Job Alert!

Hello SAR Community,

The Hood Museum of Art has a job opening for a Lead Preparator. The position purpose is described as: 'Works in close consultation with the registrar and exhibitions manager in the planning, design, preparation, and installation of the museum’s exhibitions program, and facilitates permanent collections access, while supervising the preparators and maintaining their work areas.' To find our more information about the position please visit: https://searchjobs.dartmouth.edu/postings/56154?fbclid=IwAR3Iu86qZHjdOV1yySxiMY0qnmltPgeDZ7dP8KIcAx4UqTGWvHWdSFUsppc

Thank you!

Best,

-Sháńdíín"

(Image courtesy of Pentagram)

Internship Alert ::The Pueblo Action Alliance has an upcoming internship opportunity, “Cultivating Roots & Resistance Yo...
01/27/2021

Internship Alert ::

The Pueblo Action Alliance has an upcoming internship opportunity, “Cultivating Roots & Resistance Youth Internship,” for Pueblo citizens aged 18-24. This 10-month long program is a youth-led initiative that will, “cultivate leaders by empowering them with tools and education that will bridge ancestral lifeways and foster young innovative voices to address the needs of [Pueblo] communities.”

As part of the program, interns will create collaborative political art pieces, develop community-rooted projects, engage in discussions on political and cultural analysis, and learn about cultural wellness with and for the land.

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2021. For application and eligibility details, visit the Pueblo Action Alliance online:

https://www.puebloactionalliance.org/crr

The Psychology of Women under Patriarchy (SAR Press, 2019) has just been named a CHOICE magazine Editors' Pick for Janua...
01/26/2021

The Psychology of Women under Patriarchy (SAR Press, 2019) has just been named a CHOICE magazine Editors' Pick for January 2021!

In their review, P. A. Murphy writes that "the introductory chapter of this very fine collection is alone worth the price of the book, if only for its definitions and descriptions of patriarchy, including how patriarchy reveals its persistent ability to respond to colonialism, capitalism, 'father right,' 'fraternal right,' and neoliberalism." The book as a whole "honors women's agency."

Read the full review, and learn more on our book page:

https://www.choice360.org/choice-pick/editors-picks-for-january/

https://sarweb.org/the-psychology-of-women-under-patriarchy/

Interested in learning more about the Anne Ray internship program and possible career outcomes? For the next two months,...
01/23/2021

Interested in learning more about the Anne Ray internship program and possible career outcomes? For the next two months, SAR Artists Live will feature past IARC interns in this limited SAR Interns Live series.

For this second event in the series, join us as we jump behind-the-scenes and into the life of 2015-2016 Anne Ray Intern, Jennifer Himmelreich (Diné). Himmelreich is is currently the Native American Fellowship Program Manager at the Peabody Essex Museum. During her time at SAR, she researched Indigenous community design with hopes to manage information centers that reflect each community’s unique cultural knowledge system.

Login to your Instagram account and go to SAR’s Instagram page at 4 p.m. on January 27th to watch and chat with Jennifer live!

https://www.instagram.com/schoolforadvancedresearch

Internship Alert ::"The Anne Ray Internship deadline is just a few months away! This nine-month program is geared toward...
01/22/2021

Internship Alert ::

"The Anne Ray Internship deadline is just a few months away! This nine-month program is geared toward recent college graduates, graduate students, and junior museum professionals interested in furthering their professional museum experience.

The internships include a monthly salary, housing, book allowance, professional development courses, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR. One internship is open to an indigenous individual from the U.S. or Canada, and one internship is open to any U.S. or Canadian citizen meeting the application requirements.

As a current Anne Ray Intern, I've been honing my skills in education, registration, collections, and curatorial work within the museum sphere. The Indian Arts Research Center houses an incredible collection of Native American arts, and it's been a joy to help steward these important works!

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. If interested, check out the School for Advanced Research website for program details and application requirements. We look forward to growing our SAR community!"

— Emily

Open Call for Native Artists ::The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation recently announced its open call for two Native art...
01/22/2021

Open Call for Native Artists ::

The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation recently announced its open call for two Native artist award programs, SHIFT and LIFT. The "SHIFT — Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts" program is a two-year award that supports artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental, or economic justice issues through a Native lens.

The "LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists" program is a one-year award and support program for emerging Native artists to develop and realize new projects. LIFT encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, and foster communal meaning-making. As described by Reuben Tomás Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mayo/Chicanx Descent), NACF’s Director of Transformative Change Programs:

“Through these programs, we are all offered deeper insight into the complexities of contemporary Native life. Our artists speak for us, challenging our notions of identity and culture, revealing our innate brilliance and pointing us toward a better future."

The application deadline for both programs is March 16, 2021. For full program details and eligibility requirements, visit the NACF website:

https://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/programs/shift

Have you read AlterNet's recently published interview with SAR Advanced Seminar organizer and author R. Brian Ferguson?H...
01/21/2021
This historical anthropologist wants to upend the conventional wisdom about human nature and violence

Have you read AlterNet's recently published interview with SAR Advanced Seminar organizer and author R. Brian Ferguson?

He has spent his career studying the origins of war, synthesizing anthropological knowledge on the subject, forging links between fields, applying his findings, and communicating with the public.

"There's no general direction toward peace, but I think an important part of it is for people to mobilize themselves, for people to promote peace, for peace to be of value. It's important for people to see that a world without war is a realistic possibility. Maybe not now, but a world without war is something we can aspire to realistically, and work toward. If you think that's something that can never happen, well that fatalism is one of the main props that is keeping war going. It's good to break out of that mindset."

Read more, and find books he has edited and contributed to on our website:

https://www.alternet.org/2021/01/human-nature-and-violence/
https://sarweb.org/war-in-the-tribal-zone/
https://sarweb.org/yanomami-warfare/
https://sarweb.org/dangerous-liaisons/
https://sarweb.org/the-anthropology-of-war/

War and all of its brutality is attention-grabbing and memorable. Recollections of war and conquests tend to stick around and take up the spotlight in historical records. However, a war-centered narrative paints an incomplete picture of human history—and human nature. While there is a popular opin...

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The School for Advanced Research has supported innovative social science and Native American artistic creativity for more than a century. Since we began offering fellowships in 1972, we have funded the work of more than 345 SAR scholars and artists, among whose ranks are seven MacArthur Fellows and eighteen Guggenheim Fellows. Please join us in Santa Fe for insightful lectures or a tour of the School's historic campus. You can also follow the work of our resident scholars and Native American artists on our website at www.sarweb.org.

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Blackwater Draw Black & White exhibit includes more than 50 historical photos from throughout 85 years of archaeological excavation at the Blackwater Draw site.