2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival

Save the date! The 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival will be held online from February 21 to March 6. Through the power of digital storytelling, explore the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. All screenings and events are free, streaming, and open to the public. Stay tuned for our program announcement in the coming weeks!


For more information: https://mothertongue.si.edu

Fellowship Opportunities: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative, American Philosophical Society

The APS seeks applicants for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and short-term research fellowships open to scholars at all stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities on projects. These funding opportunities are supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Fellows will be associated with the APS’s new Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and Indigenous communities.

This 12-month residential fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward the completion of the dissertation. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Indigenous communities. The caliber of the proposal, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for evaluation. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS Library & Museum and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area.

A stipend of $25,000 for twelve months (plus health benefits if one’s home institution does not provide them) will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will also have desk space at the APS Library & Museum’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. In addition, the predoctoral fellow will receive $5,000 in travel funds for outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel. Fellows will also partake in the intellectual life of the Society and have opportunities to receive professional development, including works-in-progress seminars, a manuscript workshop, career mentoring, and conference participation.

More here.

Call for Applicants: Endangered Material Knowledge Programme, Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The British Museum

EMKP offers grants for documentation work on material knowledge systems that are under threat and in danger of disappearing. This includes knowledge systems associated with the making, use, repair and re-purposing of material objects, spaces, architecture, performances and environments. Small and large grants are offered annually to knowledge holders, practitioners, and scholars irrespective of nationality. Selected projects will be expected to produce a digital record of the material practices under study, which will be deposited and curated in the EMKP repository at the British Museum, and made freely available to all.

EMKP was launched in 2018 and is funded by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and is hosted by the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum.

More here.

The Smithsonian Is Collecting Objects From the Capitol Siege

Via The New York Times, January 8, 2021

“A sign that reads, “Off with their heads — stop the steal” and a small handwritten poster with the words “Trump won, swamp stole” are among dozens of objects and ephemera from pro-Trump rallies and the Capitol takeover Wednesday that are heading to the National Museum of American History, collected by curators from the division of political and military history.

The museum, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution, announced Friday that it has begun archiving protest signs, posters and banners from protests on the National Mall and from the violent mob that stormed through the Capitol on Wednesday. Only a day after Trump supporters invaded the halls of Congress, Frank Blazich, a curator with the museum, was on the National Mall collecting ephemera from the demonstrations before the winds swept them away.

“As an institution, we are committed to understanding how Americans make change,” the museum’s director, Anthea M. Hartig, said in a statement, explaining that “this election season has offered remarkable instances of the pain and possibility involved in that process of reckoning with the past and shaping the future.””

More here.

Call for Sessions: Native American Art Studies Association 2021 Conference

The NAASA Program Committee (Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, chair; Amy Lonetree, Christina Burke, John Lukavic, Yatika Fields, Miranda Belarde-Lewis and Alexandra Nahgeahbow) invites formal proposals for organized sessions at the 2021 conference. The call for individual papers will appear in the March 2021 newsletter.

Proposed sessions may focus on a particular body of material and present perspectives for further understanding of a topic. We are open to receiving proposals in the fields of contemporary and traditional art, or interdisciplinary panels that encourage dialogue among artists, anthropologists, collectors, museum professionals and art historians. Standard-format sessions (90 minutes) should allow a maximum of four presentations, each no more than fifteen to twenty minutes in length. We welcome proposals for alternative format sessions, such as roundtable discussions, interviews, film screenings, etc. NAASA welcomes and supports the participation of Afro-Indigenous, Afro-Caribbean and Black artists and scholars. Session Organizers should send session abstracts of up to 200 words in length. Session abstracts must define the central issue clearly and identify intellectual focus of the session (theoretical, descriptive, historical, etc.), and indicate its organization (papers only, papers with discussant, roundtable, etc.).

Session Organizers are responsible for soliciting a core group of speakers for their sessions. It is not necessary to have all presenters confirmed at this time, however please note the names of potential speakers under consideration and their topics. Please bear in mind individual speakers can participate in one session only (though they may Chair one session and speak in another). Session Organizers should provide, or arrange for, opening remarks to the session and given the virtual format will be expected to run their sessions to the time allocated.

Session proposal abstracts must be received by January 18, 2021. Direct proposals by email to: tsinhnahjinnie@ucdavis.edu. Accepted session proposals will be announced in the March newsletter along with a call for individual papers for these and for Open Sessions. The Program Committee will organize individually volunteered papers into sessions related by topic, region, or methodology.

AAA Statement Regarding the Violence at the US Capitol

Via American Anthropological Association:

“Yesterday’s violent storming of the US Capitol was terrifying and disheartening. It was also the culmination of several years’ worth of indifference to a festering climate of fear and hate, foretold by anthropologist Sarah Kendzior among others, whose seriousness was discounted or dismissed altogether by too many people for far too long. Today is a day of reflection and contemplation, about anti-racism and social justice, about scholarship and activism, about the importance of equitable, inclusive democratic institutions, about making the world safe for difference. But it is not only a one-day affair; it must live on and grow in strength. Today we must redouble our commitment to using our scholarship, practice, and teaching and, together, advance us on the path towards a more just and sustainable world.”

Position Announcement: Endowed Chair in Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma

Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma—a dynamic and growing academic unit—is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for an associate or full professor of Native American Studies specializing in Spirituality and the Environment. 

The teaching load for this position is 2/1 and includes the ability to create and teach specialized upper division courses and graduate seminars in addition to core requirements. 

For more information about Native American Studies at OU, please visit our website at nas.ou.edu and social media – Facebook and Twitter. The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research/creative activity, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.

In addition to establishing the new Native Nations Center for Research, The University is launching the Native Peoples Initiative (NPI), the goal of which is to make OU the premier center in North America for research that places the cultures of Native peoples and the sovereignty of Native nations at the center of academic study – spanning subjects from art, culture, religion, history to governance, law, health, business and the environment. 

The campus is also home to significant Native American holdings and collections in the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Western History Collection, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. OU has a large Native American student body and active Native faculty and staff. Norman, Oklahoma has the third highest Native American population in the United States for towns of 100,000 or more. The state is home to 39 Native nations and over 40 American Indian languages representing at least 6 families.  


We seek an outstanding scholar holding a Ph.D. in Native American and Indigenous Studies or a relevant field. The successful candidate will have: (1) a strong record of research productivity; (2) commitment to student mentoring; (3) excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and learning; and (4) evidence of applied expertise through collaborative community engagement with tribal nations and Native American communities. The demonstrated ability to obtain external research funding is preferred.  Open research area.   

The successful candidate will contribute to the mission and goals of the Native American Studies Department by adding to and enhancing NAS’s existing curriculum. This position includes the ability to create and teach specialized upper division courses and graduate seminars. 

Application Instructions

To apply, all materials should be submitted online at https://apply.interfolio.com/82048
A complete application must include: a curriculum vitae; a letter of application (cover letter); a writing sample; and the names and contact information of three references. Three letters of recommendation will be required prior to a campus interview. We will begin reviewing applications on January 31th, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Direct inquiries to Dr. Raymond Orr, Chair of the Department of Native American Studies and Search Committee Chair at Raymond_Orr@ou.edu. The position will begin in August of 2021.

Internship Opportunity: American Anthropological Association

Each summer, the American Anthropological Association offers two internship opportunities funded by member donations. Internships are six weeks in length and usually extend from early July through mid-August. Internships are unpaid, however they are provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.

Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations: The Naval Historic & Heritage Command and The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Learn about the incredible students who have been AAA interns in the past in our AAA Summer Internship Hall of Fame. Internships are six weeks in length from July through August 2020. Internships are unpaid however; interns will be provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.

Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations described below.

More here.

Fellowship Opportunity: Charles Eastman Fellowship, Dartmouth College

CHARLES EASTMAN FELLOWSHIP Dartmouth College invites applications for the Charles Eastman Fellowship. The fellowship supports scholars working in any area of Native American and Indigenous Studies. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, promise in both research and teaching, and their demonstrated commitment to educational diversity. Applications from candidates who are underrepresented in their fields are especially welcome.

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS Qualifications This is a two-year residential fellowship, with one course taught in the second year. Fellows are expected to complete the dissertation before the second year and then transition to a postdoctoral appointment. Throughout, fellows are expected to pursue research activities while participating fully in the intellectual life of the department and the college. The first year, fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $36,000 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses; as a postdoctoral fellow in the second year, the stipend is approximately $55,200 plus benefits and an allocation for research expenses (exact funding levels for 2021-23 will be set at the time of offer). Charles Eastman Fellows are part of a multidisciplinary cohort of approximately ten predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars, all committed to increasing diversity in their disciplines. Fellows participate together in mentoring and professional development programming, including guidance in preparing for faculty careers. Eastman Fellows are part of the Provost’s Fellowship Program, a multidisciplinary cohort of approximately ten predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars who share a commitment to increasing diversity in their disciplines. Fellows participate together in mentoring and professional development programming, including guidance in preparing for faculty careers.  

SELECTION PROCESS Applicants will be selected on the basis of: 

  • academic achievement and promise;

  • membership in a racial or ethnic group that is currently underrepresented among faculty in the applicant’s academic field;

  • demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities and increasing cross-racial understanding;

  • and potential for serving as an advocate and mentor for minority undergraduate and graduate students.

Consideration will be made for scholars who seek to share their research as presenters and lecturers in the Dartmouth community. Each fellow will be expected to participate in selected activities with undergraduate students (for example, presenting guest lectures in classes, serving in programs for minority students interested in academic careers, and interacting with undergraduate majors in host departments). Recipients of the Eastman Dissertation Fellowships will be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies, upon the recommendation of a faculty selection committee in consultation with appropriate departments. HOW TO APPLY Application Instructions

Application Materials

  1. Research statement outlining completed research (including dissertation), work in progress, and plans for publication (maximum two pages single spaced);

  2. Teaching statement outlining past and future teaching interests (maximum one page single spaced);

  3. Fellowship program statement describing your motivations to join a multidisciplinary cohort; the statement should also describe prior and potential contributions to diversity in the context of academic research, teaching, and/or service (maximum one page single spaced);

  4. Curriculum vitae;

  5. Three confidential letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor and address the projected timeline for completion.

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge. Access the application here: http://apply.interfolio.com/80909
Questions or trouble accessing the application: contact Laurie.l.furch@dartmouth.edu
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021 
Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.