Who We Are

Catherine Baudoin, Programming Committee

Catherine BaudoinI am the Curator of Photo Archives at the Maxwell Museum. My primary research is with historical photographs of indigenous peoples and with digital assets and technology in museums for outreach. I have worked with several Pueblos and other tribal groups to "visually repatriate" collections of source photographs to tribal archives and community centers. I have traveled to Nome, Alaska to present to the Eskimo Heritage Project copies of photographic collections housed in the Maxwell Museum. My current interests are working with the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing and other UNM, city and state museums and archives to develop a collaborative digital archive for the creation, preservation and retrieval of digital material.

Tony Chavarria, Graduate Assistant

Tony ChavarriaI am the Curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology (MIAC/LAB) in Santa Fe. I was the inaugural Branigar Fellow at the School of American Research in Santa Fe. I have served as a cultural/exhibit consultant for Miami University of Ohio, the Pojoaque Pueblo Poeh Center, the National Park Service, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the National Museum of the American Indian. My background is in consultation on exhibition development, repatriation issues, sensitive materials and programming.

Cynthia Chavez, Advisory Board Member

Cynthia ChavezI am the Director of the Indian Arts Research Center at The School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience in Santa Fe, NM. (SAR was formerly known as the School for American Research). I am very happy to be joining the staff at SAR in August 2007 and look forward to exploring potential collaborations in my new position. We are open to working collaboratively with Pueblos and Pueblo people on various projects related to museums, cultural centers, exhibitions, and educational programming.


Prudy Correa, Programming Committee

Prudy CorreaMy goals and objectives have always been to help the Native communities in areas of business development. I have worked with federal programs and helped the Tribal Council in areas of for-profit business for the Acoma Business Enterprises, we currently have 8 businesses and we are the largest employer in Cibola County. In my current position as the Museum Planner for the Haak'u Museum, we have established professional standards and policies and procedures for museum development, assisted in exhibit design, conservation, cataloging and records management. In areas of arts and culture we have involved the community in learning traditional native arts including drum making, moccasin making and native foods. It is a continuous learning experience and I'm willing to share my knowledge and experience with other Native communities.

Clarence Cruz, Programming Committee

Clarence CruzClarence Cruz is Tewa from the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, and a graduate at the University of New Mexico, with a BFA and MFA in Studio Arts and a minor in Museum Studies.

His work consists of five different styles of traditional pottery of Ohkay Owingeh, which are; the Black on Black, Black on White, Polychrome style, Micaceous, and the Potsuwi'i Incised. He works with raw materials that all come from Mother Earth. His pottery are all fired outside using the traditional methods to achieve that high quality finish and most sought after authentic Native pots. He does three types of firings: (1) is an open firing, where the flames are allow to touch the pots, (2) an enclosed firing, where are not touching the pots, (3) a reduction firing, where the pots are turned black.

Through his continued education he has the honor to instruct graduate and undergraduate pottery classes at the University of New Mexico, as an Instructor of Ceramics in the Art and Art History Departments. He also teaches at several institutions in New Mexico, including the Poeh Arts Program at the Pueblo Pojoaque, and the Georgia O'Keefe Ghost Ranch.

James Dixon, Director, Maxwell Museum

James DixonAs an archaeologist, I have conducted most of my field research in Alaska. At the University of Alaska Museum, I was curator, acting museum director, and director of the Alaska Quaternary Center before moving to Colorado in 1993 to be the Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. My archaeological research has focused on the earliest archaeology of the Americas and high latitude human adaptations.

My entire professional career has been devoted to education, collection management, research, and public service in a variety of museum settings. I look forward to applying this experience to benefit the Maxwell Museum and the University. By working together in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect we can be partners devoted to strengthening the Museum's collections, research, educational programs, and service to the community.

Lois Ellen Frank, Advisory Board Member

Lois Ellen FrankMy area of specialization focuses on Native foods of the Southwest, both from the pre-contact period to contemporary kitchens today.  My research includes work with Native and non-Native American Chefs and Native American cooks in contemporary Southwest kitchens linking this culinary communities' intricate connection to place and the construction of local Native identities. Professional projects have included Native foods and wellness, sustaining community and preserving traditional agricultural and sustainable food practices, sustaining food traditions with production for local community use as well as marketing excess food products to a wider community, as well as issues concerning the future of Native foods and how these foods are linked to wellness. I am a professional photographer, chef, author, culinary instructor and food historian by trade while working towards the completion of my Ph.D. in culinary anthropology at UNM.

Mary Beth Hermans, Programming Committee

Mary Beth HermansAs Public Programs Coordinator for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology I've had the opportunity to plan events that attract groups from the University, the city of Albuquerque and beyond. Joining the programming committee of the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies has helped broaden the appeal of the programs as working together always adds to more than the sum of the parts. Collaborative planning of events pools resources and allows for greater outreach. Offering stimulating educational programming to people of all ages and ethnicities helps to grow an understanding of the variety of human experience.

Damian Garcia, Programming Committee

Damian GarciaAs an Acoma tribal member and having worked in the Cultural Preservation field for 10 years, my skills are oriented to the preservation of Native American culture and history for tribes impacted by the loss of their cultural information. Having been influential in starting up and developing the Acoma Historic Preservation Office for the Pueblo of Acoma, I have been trained in leading projects that involve the ethnographic study of Native groups and helping tribes archive and keep that information for future generations. I currently work at the Sky City Cultural Center and Haaku Museum as the tribes first Museum Curator where I have set up policies and procedures related to Collections Management, Exhibition Development, and training programs to train Acoma community members on the importance of caring for their family collections. My primary interest is helping Native tribes to record and archive their native histories.


Michael Graves, Chair, Anthropology Department

Michael GravesMy research has focused on the islands in Hawai'i and topics of traditional Hawaiian farming, ritual, and social organization. I am also involved in studying ways to link historical and archaeological materials in Hawai'i to inform on the rise to power of Kamehameha the Great, the Hawaiian chief who united the islands in the early 19th century. My work in Hawai'i involves close collaboration with native Hawaiians and I have trained a number of Hawaiian (and other minority) students in archaeology, including several who have earned (or shortly will earn) their doctorates. I have provided expert testimony on contested land development cases, representing Hawaiian cultural groups. I bring these interests to New Mexico where I am committed to increasing outreach, training, and service in anthropology and archaeology with indigenous groups I believe in collaborative research and other activities with local communities are essential, as are engaging students in these efforts, and recruiting more Native American students to our undergraduate and graduate programs at UNM.

Amy Grochowski, Programming Committee

Amy GrochowskiAs Curator of Education at the Maxwell Museum, I develop programs and exhibits to serve a broad audience that feature the culture of people from around the world, the environmental context in which they live and their use of natural resources. Some programs implemented include the multi generational initiative called the Passport to People family program that provides opportunities for low income families to visit the museum for free and learn together. Another public outreach program I offer is the Maxwell in Motion school bus program where we pay for a school bus so that any Albuquerque Public School class can visit our museum and partake in an educational program for free.

Kathryn Klein, Associate Director, Ortiz Center

Kathryn KleinAs Ortiz Center Director and the Curator of Ethnology at the Maxwell I view collections as a valuable resource for artisans to help maintain and revitalize cultural traditions as well as an educational resource for public programming and community outreach. My research, publications, and museum exhibitions focus on living cultural traditions with an emphasis in textiles of indigenous peoples of southern Mexico and the US Southwest. More recently I have been involved with a partnership created in collaboration with the staff at the Sky City Cultural Center and co-curated the exhibition Cotton Girls with Damian Garcia of the Haak'u Museum at Acoma. (Former Ortiz Center Director 2003-2008)

Enrique LaMadrid, Programming Committee

Enrique LaMadridEnrique is a literary folklorist, UNM Professor of Spanish and Director of Chicano/Mexican/Hispano Studies. Lamadrid's plans for Chicano Studies focus on inclusion, cultural activism, language recovery, internationalism, community involvement, regional studies and institutional articulation. He sees a coming together of all Chicanos - urban, rural and all degrees of bilingualism and multiple identities - to become a part of the program. As a language professor, he sees the need to develop full bilingualism among Chicanos. Those who professionalize their Spanish see doors open wide. Our Spanish Heritage language program gives us great access to Nuevomexicano and Mexicano students to recruit into Chicano Studies.

Louise Lamphere, Advisory Board Chair

Louise LamphereI am a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UNM. I have worked on collaborative projects that involve oral histories, life stories, and the collection of narratives that focus on cultural preservation, the importance of family and kin, and economic transformations. My book, a collaborative project with Eva Price, Carole Cadman, and Valerie Johnson: Weaving Women's Lives: Three Generations of a Navajo Family will be published by UNM press in fall 2007. Currently I am working with UNM students Stephanie Sanchez and Felipe Estudillo Colon to collect oral histories on Hispano families from San Rafael, near Grants New Mexico. This is an Ortiz Center Project in collaboration with the Cibola County Arts Council and the Parish of San Raphael.

Sylvia Rodriguez, Director, Ortiz Center

Brian ValloI am a Professor of Anthropology at UNM, and a native New Mexican. I became Director of the Ortiz Center in late September 2008. My research has focused on interethnic relations, cultural politics, and land-water issues in the upper Rio Grande Valley.  As Director I will focus on programmatic development for the Departmental arm of the Center, working collaboratively with Kathryn Klein, now Associate Director, who will continue to oversee Ortiz programs connected with the Maxwell Museum.

In keeping with the Ortiz Center mission of collaboration with communities beyond as well as within the university, I invite ideas and proposals from individuals and organizations in the larger community, students, and colleagues. Under my directorship, a primary methodology of the OC will be participatory action research, whereby community-based researchers, scholars, activists, and others propose collaborative projects to the Center. The OC will also coordinate, support, and foster all public anthropology activity in the Department and function cooperatively with the Museum to become the face of public anthropology at UNM and in the state.

Brian Vallo, Advisory Board Member

Brian ValloBrian is a member of the Pueblo of Acoma and is the former director of the Sky City Cultural Center. Brian formerly served as both Lieutenant Governor of his tribe and was the first Executive Director of the Acoma Historic Preservation Office. With over fifteen years of experience working with a diversity of Native American social and economic development projects, Brian possesses a wealth of knowledge related to Native American history and contemporary issues. As a frequent speaker of Native American historic and cultural preservation issues, cultural tourism and the implementation and effectiveness of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Brian is acknowledged for his leadership and ability to generate interest and understanding, while fostering partnerships that strengthen tribal sovereignty and self-determination.


Ortiz Center Advisory Board

Alfred Bush

Curator of Repatriation, Princeton University

Cynthia Chaves

Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe

Blair Darnell

Board Member of the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation, (Charleston, South Carolina), Albuquerque

Les Field

Professor of Anthropology, UNM

Lois Frank

Photographer, Author and Chef, Santa Fe, NM

Louise Lamphere, Chair

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UNM

Elena Ortiz, Vice Chair

Director of Destination 505, Santa Fe

Regis Pecos

Director, New Mexico Leadership Institute, Santa Fe

Mari Lyn Salvador

Director, San Diego Museum of Man

Brian Vallo

Director, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque


James Dixon

Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM

Michael Graves

Chair, Department of Anthropology, UNM

Kathryn Klein

Curator of Ethnology, Maxwell Museum and Associate Director of the Ortiz Center, UNM

Sylvia Rodriguez

Professor, Department of Anthropology, UNM

Director, Ortiz Center, UNM



Ortiz Center Programming Committee

Catherine Baudoin

Curator of Photo Archives, Maxwell Museum, UNM

Tony Chavarria

Curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe

Prudy Correa

Acoma Pueblo Artist, Educator, Business Administrator

Clarence Cruz

Ohkay Owingeh Artist, Instructor of Ceramics in the Art and Art History Department, UNM and Poeh Arts Program, Poeh Museum, Pojoaque

Kathy Cyman

Artist and Instuctor of Arita Porcelain Method, Department of Education, UNM

Mary Beth Hermans

Public Programs Coordinator for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM

Damian Garcia

Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, Acoma

Amy Grochowski

Curator of Education at the Maxwell Museum, UNM

Enrique LaMadrid

UNM Professor of Spanish and Director of Chicano/Mexicano/Hispano Studies, UNM