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Advisory Council Member. . . Theresa Harlan

Theresa Harlan is a curator and writer of contemporary Native American art.  She is the curator of the traveling exhibition (2007-2010), “Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California” for the Heyday Institute, Berkeley, California.  Publications include, “A View of Our Home, Tomales Bay, Calif.: Portrait of a Coast Miwok Family, 1930-1945” in Our People, Our Land, Our Images: Indigenous Photographers, Heyday Books, 2006,  “Indigenous Visionaries: California Native American Women Artists” in California in Parallels and Intersections: Art/Women/California, 1950-2000, University of California Press, 2002, and  “Indigenous Photographies: A Space for Indigenous Realities” in Native Nations: Journeys in American Photography, Barbican Art Gallery, London: Corporation of London, 1998.

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Her background in the arts includes: Traditional Folk Arts Program administrator for the California Arts Council, director of the Carl Gorman Museum for the Native American Studies Department at UC Davis, and review panelist for the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Fund for Folk Culture Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk Arts Heritage Award.  Harlan is the adopted daughter of Elizabeth Campigli Harlan (Coast Miwok-Tomales Bay) and, by birth, is Santo Domingo Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo of New Mexico.

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