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Friday, May 17 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Untold Stories 2019: Indigenous Futures and Collaborative Conservation

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The closing session of the American Institute for Conservation will feature a workshop on a radical vision for the future of a collaborative, more equitable conservation practice led by facilitators endawnis Spears, Chris Newell and Jason Mancini of the Akomawt Educational Initiative. Akomawt is dedicated to furthering knowledge of Native America through innovative learning approaches designed to impact how we engage with Indigenous histories, narratives and contemporary realities. This event--which foregrounds native autonomy, resilience and self-representation--is free and will be live-streamed. More information about this event is available at https://www.untoldstories.live/mohegan-sun-2019/

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The mission of Untold Stories is to expand the existing ethical framework for art conservation by engaging new voices and hearing new stories that transform our understanding of the preservation of cultural heritage. We seek to recognize and conserve a broader range of cultural heritages; embrace a more diverse set of conservation practices and practitioners; and affirm the deep emotional connection between objects and sites of cultural heritage and the communities that claim them. Untold Stories is supported through generous funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, visit https://www.untoldstories.live

Speakers
avatar for Tamia Anaya

Tamia Anaya

Graduate Fellow in Art Conservation, SUNY Buffalo State
TAMIA ANAYA is a Graduate Fellow specializing in paper conservation at the Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. Her earliest experiences in conservation include internships at the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Smithsonian’s... Read More →
avatar for Sanchita Balachandran-[Fellow]

Sanchita Balachandran-[Fellow]

Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Sanchita Balachandran is Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She teaches courses related to the technical study and analysis of ancient objects, as... Read More →
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Jason Mancini

Co-Founder, Akomawt Educational Initiative
Dr. Jason Mancini is Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities and former Executive Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. During the past 30 years, he has worked with, conversed, and shared his archival research with the tribes and indigenous peoples of... Read More →
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Chris Newell

Director of Education, Akomawt Educational Initiative
Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) is a lifetime educator. He was born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. Chris’s education career began immediately after high school as a substitute teacher during his time... Read More →
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Nicole M Passerotti

Assistant Conservator, Field Museum
Nicole Passerotti is an assistant conservator at the Field Museum working with the Native North American collection. From 2017-2018 she was the Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she also completed her third-year graduate internship. She holds an M.A. and... Read More →
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endawnis Spears

Director of Programming and Outreach, Akomawt Educational Initiative
endawnis Spears (Diné/ Ojibwe/ Chickasaw/ Choctaw) is impassioned about the diverse and complex intersections of Native American narratives and museums. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Denver and will complete her Master’s degree... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Salon C & D, Uncas Ballroom Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun