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Dr. Deana Dartt-Newton

Dr. Deana Dartt-Newton (Coastal Chumash/Californio) has just begun teaching in AIS this year. She was awarded her B.A. and M.A. in Archaeology, and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, from the University of Oregon, and a Certificate in Museum Studies from the Arts Administration Program at the University of Oregon. She currently serves as Curator of Native American Ethnology at the Burke Museum of History and Culture.

Dr. Dartt-Newton’s research examines issues of Native American representation in museums, and the role museums play in public or collective memory about Native peoples. Her dissertation titled, Negotiating the Master Narrative: Museums and the Indian/Californio Community of California’s Central Coast, examines the dominant “take home” messages in History, Natural History, and Franciscan Mission Museums, on the Central Coast of California, contrasting these with the lived experiences, and alternative histories told by the Native people themselves.

In addition, she is interested in revitalization efforts among traditionally marginalized indigenous groups. Her ongoing research focuses on the history of culture contact on the central and south coast of Alta and Baja California, and the peoples who identify as indigenous to this region today. Her publications include an archaeological history of Chumash Village site, Kashtayit, and an Ethnohistorical examination of recruitment strategies at Santa Barbara area Missions, and the Chumash response to these.

Her research and teaching fields are California Indian History, Indigenous Peoples of Northwest Mexico, Indigenous Mestizos, Identity Politics, Museum Studies, Canoe Cultural Revitalization, and Law and Sovereignty. Dr. Dartt-Newton teaches: AIS 475 – Indians and Museums, AIS 475 – California Indian Histories and Cultures. She also teaches for the Museology Program, 595 Museum Law and Ethics.