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Anthropology Colluquium: Gabrielle Tayac

Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

McGraw Hall, 215
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Fearless Curation: Indigenous Knowledge Bundling.

Co-Sponsored by American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Science & Technology Studies, and History of Art.

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, is an activist scholar committed to empowering Indigenous perspectives. She is proud to serve in the elevation of Native women and girls as the Associate Director for Communications at the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program.

Gabi earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, and her B.S. in Social Work and American Indian Studies from Cornell University. Her scholarly research focuses on hemispheric American Indian identity, multiracialism, indigenous religions, and social movements, maintaining a regional specialization in the Chesapeake Bay.

Gabi has served in staff and advisory capacities for numerous organizations including Amnesty International, Survival International, National Geographic, the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, the Historic St. Mary’s Commission, the Accokeek Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. In her passionate youth, she co-founded the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations, a hemispheric alliance of Native peoples, which led the largest action north of Mexico to mark 500 years of American Indian survival in 1992.

Gabi is regularly featured in the media including National Public Radio, Tavis Smiley, the BBC, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor. She lectures widely to diverse audiences at venues ranging from the White House to kindergarten classrooms. Gabi dedicates time and energy to supporting the DC area local North American and diasporic Central and South American Indigenous communities through cultural and political efforts. As a member of Washington D.C.’s host nation, she helps to center connection to and ceremony for diverse global Indigenous representatives.

Gabi was a scholar at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian from 1999-2017. At NMAI, she had also served as the Unit Head for Education and a Curator. She co-curated one of NMAI’s inaugural exhibitions with Jolene Rickard and Gerald McMaster, called Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identity. She is also the curator of Return to a Native Place: Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region which opened in 2007. Gabrielle co-curated the banner travelling exhibit, IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas and served as General Editor for the book of the same name. Her most recent formative project is the upcoming exhibit Native New York: Where Nations Rise, opening in 2019.

She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her children, Sebastian and Jansikwe.

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Anthropology, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies (CIAMS)


cascal, anthro, cashum, ciamscal, aip, sts, arthistory

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Liz Kirk

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Gabrielle Tayac

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Spirit Aligned Leadership Program


A reception will follow the talk.

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free and open to the public.

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