National Native Museum Training Program

Virtual Collections, Intellectual Property and Tribal Museums


Location: Suquamish Museum in Suquamish, Washington
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Description: Workshop and Seminar Descriptions (consecutive events):
Native experts in the field of intellectual property, virtual collections, and tribal museums are working with NATHPO to offer a weeklong workshop and subsequent seminar to offer contemporary information on these important topics and affected tribal collections and museums. This workshop and related leadership seminar will be offered to tribal museum and cultural program staff as part of NATHPO's National Native Museum Training Program. Collections workshop topics include access to digital collections, issues of sharing community provided information, research policy concerns, technology needed to share virtual collections, culturally sensitive collections, and who owns the rights to photographs, family stories and cultural knowledge. Leadership seminar topics include a discussion on tribal museums, public domain, traditional cultural expressions, and intellectual property law.

Note: Participant capacity for both the workshop and seminar are limited. Separate applications are required for workshop and seminar, but you are welcome to participate in both.

Polly Nordstrand (Hopi)
Polly NordstrandPolly Nordstrand (Hopi) is a Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell University in the History of Art and Visual Studies under the direction of Dr. Jolene Rickard, with focus on indigenous art history and comparative modernities. She has over 20 years of museum collections and exhibit experience at the Denver Art Museum (Native art department), the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Park Service Interpretation Center, and The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum (Seminole of Florida). She has taught art history and museum studies at the University of Colorado, Denver, and the University of Denver. She was a contributing author to Caring for American Indian Objects: A Practical and Cultural Guide (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2004) and co-authored "The Role of Context in the Conservation of Contemporary American Indian Ceramics" (Restrauro, 02/2009). Recognized as a leader in her field, Polly is currently a Predissertation Ford Foundation Fellow which was awarded in support of her studies and research on Native American art. Polly earned a M.A. in Exhibition Planning and Design and Certificate of Museum Studies at Cal State Fullerton, and a B.A. in Studio Art from Stanford University.

Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni, Tlingit)
Miranda BelardeMiranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni, Tlingit) is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington with Master's degrees in Museology and Information Science. Miranda has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the Seattle Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Miranda's dissertation research focuses on Indigenous knowledge visualization, cultural and intellectual property rights and the protection of Pueblo knowledges.


Detailed agenda of workshop and seminar:
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Workshop Dates (separate application from seminar)
Starts: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 1pm
Ends: Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 5pm
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Application deadline: May 17, 2013
Registration fee: $75 (covers two lunches and one dinner)

Seminar Dates (separate application from workshop)
Starts: Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 6pm
Ends: Friday, May 31, 2013, at 5pm
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Application deadline: May 17, 2013
Registration fee: $25 (includes one lunch and one dinner)

Hotel: Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish, Washington
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NATHPO rate: $ 77/night plus tax and surcharge
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