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Guest Lecture: "Pueblo Knowledge Systems" with Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Allen Auditorium

"Pueblo Knowledge Systems: Traditions for the Future"

Indigenous knowledge takes many forms and is created over hundreds of generations. Each Native community’s unique knowledge system is a reflection of its geography, language, ceremonies, kinship and revered history.

While Native communities draw cultural strength from their past and customary methods of transferring accumulated data and information, they are also negotiating their participation in the present and future. Native peoples are deciding when and how to adapt or reject the use of social media and other forms of digital interactions, especially when these interactions are  perceived as another wave of colonialism.

This research presentation focuses on a Pueblo community in New Mexico. The Zuni Pueblo is using internal protocols to document and protect its sacred history, and is using tribal laws and art to shield the ceremonies and history from further exploitation. In addition to the analysis, this study provides recommendations to Native communities concerned with the capture and dissemination of their unique knowledge systems.


Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni/Tlingit) is a curator and scholar. She works with communities, artists and museums to highlight the art, knowledge and strength of Native artists. She believes Native art is a catalyst for transferring knowledge in intergenerational and cross-cultural contexts and uses her training in Museology (MA) and Information Science (PhD) to blend practice and theory as she conducts research about and curates Native art.

Contact:  Rachelle Bernard (