About Seminar: American Indian Art

Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for an in-depth exploration of American Indian art through conversation and artifact exploration.

From gift baskets to painted pottery and shell pendants to beaded clothing, American Indian art varies greatly from region to region. During this seminar at the Museum, Dr. Rebecca Hernandez will give a general overview of artistic characteristics across several regions and guide us in making observations about a variety of objects from the Museum’s collections.

About the Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Hernandez has been the Director of the American Indian Resource Center at UCSC since 2014. Her academic research focuses on American Indian identity constructs in the United States and the Representation(s) of Native American People and Cultures in public space. Under her leadership the UCSC American Indian Resource Center received a 2016 Chancellor’s Diversity Award in recognition of the People of Color Sustainability Collective, a collaborative initiative with the Sustainability Office and Colleges Nine and Ten that serves to raise awareness about the contributions people of color have made and continue to make to the environmental sustainability movement.

Dr. Hernandez will also give a Naturalist Night lecture at the Museum on November 14. Learn more here: https://www.santacruzmuseum.org/public-programs/naturalist-night-series/
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