Southwest Cohort

Huhugam Heritage Center-Gila River Indian Community Part of our mission at HHC is not only preserving prehistoric and historic material in our collections and archives but being a resource primarily for the Community through providing a space for cultural events, educational programming, access to our collections for research, and the promotion of Community artists. Our collections and archives include material from federal funded archaeological projects, GRIC government file records, and private donations from visitors to the GRIC and Community members. Our audio-visual collection includes songs and stories collected from the early to mid-1900s on reel to reels and LPs, oral histories on cassettes and CDs, and film of early archaeological excavations.

Nadia Arambula is the  Archivist for the Huhugam Heritage Center (HHC). HHC is a tribal museum and cultural center for the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) – home to the Akimel O’otham and Pee Posh people. The GRIC is located south of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area in Arizona.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Library & Archives The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico preserves and perpetuates the Pueblo culture and presents, with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people. The IPCC research library, special collections and archives contains various materials on the historical and contemporary life of Pueblo people and communities.

Jonna Paden (Acoma/Laguna Pueblo) is the Librarian/Archivist at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Library & Archives. A recipient of the Circle of Learning scholarship, Jonna is a graduate of San José State University with a Masters in Library and Information Science, focused toward Archives and Records Management. She works toward collaboration, education, community engagement, collections stewardship and capacity-building for tribal libraries.

C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Library The C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Library focuses on the US-Mexico border region where the library is located.  The department holds over 700 archival collections, and media include photographs, videotapes, film, and sound recordings in a variety of formats.  Several large collections are from commercial photo studios.

Claudia Rivers is the Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas at El Paso Library.  She has bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.  She has worked in El Paso since 1992 and speaks English and Spanish.

 A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center
Established by a small group of Zuni tribal members in 1992, the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center is a Pueblo of Zuni, Tribal Program dedicated to serving the Zuni community with programs and exhibitions that help us reflect on our past and are relevant to our current and future interests. As a tribal museum and heritage center for the Zuni people and by the Zuni people, we work to provide learning experiences that emphasize A:shiwi ways of knowing, as well as exploring modern concepts of knowledge and the transfer of knowledge. We define our institution as an ecomuseum: in harmony with Zuni’s environmental values and dedicated to honoring, cultivating, and nurturing dynamic Zuni culture.

Curtis Quam (Zuni, NM) is a Museum Technician/ Cultural Educator at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center.  His role in the museum has allowed Curtis to work with community members building ways through a variety of different media to educate youth and interested people about A:shiwi beliefs and history.

The Pawnee Nation Museum was established to collect, preserve, share, and interpret the history, arts, and culture of the Pawnee Nation. It is located in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and currently houses the Cultural Resources Division. The Museum is in the process of building a new dedicated space to better serve the Pawnee community. 

Miranda Due (Pawnee/Cherokee) is an Indigenous game developer originally from Mvskoke Territory (Tulsa, OK), now working and living on Tongva Territory (Los Angeles, CA). She currently works at Treyarch as an Associate Producer and just recently helped her team ship Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Miranda graduated from USC in 2016 with degrees in Interactive Entertainment and International Relations and completed the George Washington University Native American Political Leadership program in 2017. 

Southwest Cohort members inspect films during the film inspection webinar.
Southwest Cohort members inspect films during the inspection and inventory webinar.