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The Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies offers a domestic study program in Santa Fe, New Mexico and operating from the campus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). The next iteration of our DSP will be Fall Term 2022.
The program offers proximity to a large and diverse number of distinct Native American tribal communities. As the New Mexico state capital, Santa Fe serves as the focal point for state-tribal political relations in both the historical and contemporary periods. Santa Fe is the recognized hub of Native American art with numerous galleries, museums, studios and major international events dedicated to the exhibition and/or sale of Native art. The landscape itself serves as a living textbook of cross-cultural encounters in times of conflict and cooperation.
The program operates from the campus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) located just a few miles south of Santa Fe's downtown. Established in 1962, IAIA is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the nation dedicated to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. As our institutional partner, IAIA has opened its classrooms, library, residence halls and cafe to Dartmouth students.
Students will have meal plans at the IAIA café sufficient to cover lunch and dinner on weekdays.
NAS 30.1: Contemporary Native American Art: Professor Lara Evans (IAIA), Visiting Professor
An introduction to contemporary Native American art from North America with attention given to traditional forms, techniques and designs employed in different media (e.g. paintings, basketry, carving, sculpture, ceramics, photography and textiles). The course will feature excursions to local galleries, studios and museums and meetings with local Native American artists.
Other courses pending
The program will be open to all Dartmouth upper-class undergraduate students in good academic standing. As minimum qualifications, applicants must have taken and passed at least two NAS courses prior to the start of the program and meet all college standards for eligibility to participate in off-campus programs. In short, we seek to enroll a group of students who will, individually and collectively, exemplify our commitment to the highest academic standards and the principles of community, inclusion and honor.
Students will apply for admission into the program through the Guarini Institute for International Education's online application process. Please check the Guarini webpage for deadlines and general questions. Students will submit a brief essay explaining their reasons for wanting to participate in the program and describing their preparation for the program (including course work in NAIS and any relevant life experiences living and/or working in Indigenous communities). Students will also participate in personal interviews with the program faculty director, Professor Maurice Crandall. For further information, students are invited to contact Professor Crandall.