NAASA Board in Tulsa

On June 23, 2016 the NAASA Board of Directors will convene in Tulsa, Oklahoma to make arrangements for the 21st Biennial NAASA Conference to be held in Tulsa in October 2017. We will be back here with details and some good photos in a week — in the meantime, don’t miss the NAASA Newsletter (Vol. 21, no. 1 posted January 2016). It contains a full report from the 2015 conference in Santa Fe, including information about the Honor Award, the business meeting and travel awards, and photos from the banquet. The newsletter also introduces the new President Kate Morris, Vice President Henrietta Lidchi, new board members Joe Horse Capture and Amy Lonetree, and our new Secretary Rosanna Nicolson. Remember that you can join NAASA or renew your membership at any time, just click on the Membership link.

On to Tulsa!

Kate Morris, NAASA President

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Many thanks to Santa Fe – Newsletter coming soon!

Thanks to the hard work of the entire NAASA Board, the members of the Santa Fe local organizing committee and a team of dedicated volunteers, the 20th Biennial NAASA conference was a huge success!  Stay tuned for a full report on the conference – including highlights of the Lifetime Achievement Award celebration, pre- and post-conference tours, business meeting, and introduction to new Board members – in the January NAASA newsletter.

Kate Morris, NAASA President

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NAASA Conference Discussion about Journals in Our Field

Thank you all who participated in the lunchtime discussion on Friday, October 2 about journals in our field. Kate Morris transcribed notes from the discussion, which are available at this link: 

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NAASA Program online

With the 20th Biennial NAASA Conference now nearly upon us, we are delighted to announce the first-ever digital version of the NAASA program schedule, abstracts, venue maps, etc, all available online at:

You can download and print any of these documents before you come to Santa Fe, or access them from your smartphone during the event. Print versions of these same documents will also be available when you check in at the registration table in Santa Fe.

Special thanks to the members of the Local Organizing Committee and to Carolyn Kastner and the staff of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum for making this online option a reality.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that over 50 Native artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting, discussing, and selling their work on the conference’s opening day, Thursday, October 1 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contemporary and traditional artists from many different tribes will be located in the Conference Center for you to visit in between sessions and during breaks. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to find those holiday gifts and to support Native arts and culture!

We look forward to seeing all of you next week in Santa Fe!

Kathleen Ash-Milby and Kate Morris, NAASA Board

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Pre-Conference Tour: Albuquerque Arts

We are pleased to announce that members who provide their own transportation can participate in the Pre-Conference Tour: Albuquerque Arts for only $70.

The tour includes two meals, plus tours and presentations at the Tamarind Institute, Maxwell Museum, and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, as well as a special screening and discussion with the art cooperative Postcommodity. More details can be found on our tour page:

Full price tickets ($95) for the Pre-Conference Tour include all transportation beginning at 9:30 a.m. with pick-up in Albuquerque (location TBD), and transportation to the Buffalo Thunder Hilton arriving by approximately 5:30 p.m.

Information about additional transportation options can also be found on our transportation page:

Register for the Pre-Conference Tour here:

We hope you take advantage of this special opportunity!

Kathleen Ash-Milby and the Local Organizing Committee, NAASA 2015

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Letter from the Publisher: American Indian Art Magazine

As many of you have probably already learned, American Indian Art Magazine will be ending publication with the fall 2015 issue. The publisher, Mary Hamilton, has been a stalwart hero in our field for four decades, giving members a unique forum to publish their research and scholarship about Native American material culture. The absence of this publication will be sorely missed by the field and by the Native American Art Studies Association. She has supported our membership over the years by drawing many of the articles from papers first presented at NAASA Conferences. In addition, she has provided free advertising for the NAASA Conference and contributed financially to the support of the organization. We honored Mary’s contribution to the field with a Lifetime Achievement Honor Award in 2001, but we want to thank her again as she brings this publication to a close.

Below is a note from Mary that is also included in the fall issue.

Kathleen Ash-Milby, NAASA President


From the Publisher:

Ernest Hemingway once said, “Write the truest sentence that you know.” Well, here’s the truest sentence that I know: This is the final issue of American Indian Art Magazine.

I have been the magazine’s publisher for thirty-nine and a half of its forty years, and during that time, it’s been an integral part of my life, from proofreading to press checks. For decades, I’ve hauled boxes of magazines to art shows and conferences, solicited subscriptions, and sought prospective advertisers and authors. Clearly, the magazine has become a way of life for me, and I will miss it.

Why stop now, you might ask. That’s a question to which I’m unable to give a definitive answer. But basically, it feels like the right time, especially since we’ve just celebrated a major milestone–our fortieth year of publication. That’s a nice, long run. Checking out our cumulative index (available free on our website), I’m astonished at how many articles, on an incredibly diverse array of topics, we’ve presented to our readers. If the magazine continued to be published, it would undoubtedly maintain the high standard of the previous forty years. However, there comes a time when you know, deep down, that it’s the right time to stop. This is one of those times.

I’d like to express my gratitude to a number of people who’ve helped to make the magazine a success. Many thanks to our 454 authors, particularly the members of our Editorial Advisory Board (whose current members have provided 141 articles for us over the years). Of the fifty-seven people who have served on our board, I would like to single out three:

-Norman Feder, who was initially an Editorial Advisory Board member, but in 1977 became our Editorial Consultant. Until his death in 1995, Norm read and commented on every manuscript submitted to the magazine.
-Harmer Johnson, who wrote each edition of Auction Block for every issue of every year–all 160 of them.
-Ron McCoy, who for twenty-four years wrote Legal Briefs, published more articles in the magazine than any other author (often on short notice) and who was always there when we needed him.

I would also like to acknowledge our advertisers for their support over the years and for the visual impact they gave to each and every issue. I’m grateful to the countless museums, all over North America and around the world, for working with us in our efforts to feature material from public collections. To our loyal subscribers–many who have been with us all forty years–thank you. (Over the next few months, subscribers will receive refunds for any unfulfilled portions of their subscriptions.) And last, but certainly not least, I would like to recognize the contributions of the magazine’s staff–always a small but mighty group, and never anything but thoroughly professional and dedicated to making each issue better than the previous one.

In the magazine’s inaugural issue, back in 1975, its purpose was said to be rooted in “an earnest desire to portray the art forms of the American Indian in a manner and format that will do justice to the art and its creators.” For forty years and 160 issues, the magazine strived to do exactly that–which is something we all can be proud of.

Mary G. Hamilton, Publisher

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Registration Open: 20th Biennial Conference, Santa Fe 2015

Registration is open for the 20th biennial conference of the Native American Art Studies Association. Please join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from September 30 to October 3, 2015. Register now to take advantage of our early-bird rate, guarantee a seat at the banquet or secure your place on our special tours. This year the Association is pleased to offer fully online registration, available here. To pay by credit card no longer requires submitting registration through email. Rather, simply fill out the online form to register for the conference:

Each presenter must register for the conference, and join or re-new as a NAASA member.

If you wish to use check or money order, please visit the registration page for instructions. Memberships are non-refundable. After September 1, registration, tours and meals are not refundable.

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