Dr. Kristina Jacobsen wins award for an article

The article ‘Don’t Even Talk to Me if You’re Kinya’áanii [Towering House]’: Adopted Clans, Kinship, and ‘Blood’ in Navajo Country” was awarded “the most thought-provoking article in Native American and Indigenous Studies of 2019” by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

“Kristina Jacobsen’s and Shirley Ann Bowman’s article offers an insightful view on the dynamic formation of the Diné/Navajo kinship system (k’é) through the practices of adopting and incorporating in clan formation in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, with some glances at the omnipresence of this history in present times. Moreover, this study throws light on how adoption became the terrain for multiform racial, cultural, and geographical crossings in Navajo Nation-building and permanence; as well as on the extent settler-colonial policies on citizenship and “ancestry” historically disrupted this extraordinarily dynamic clan formation process. As a publication authored by a non-Indigenous and a Diné scholar, this article is a sample of collaborative practice and reciprocity, materialized in a well-grounded ethnographic, archival, linguistic, and cultural research. In our view, this study suggests important ways to historically reflect on questions of tribal enrollment, citizenship, identity, belonging, incorporation, and movement of peoples in American Indian life.”  ~NAISA Prize Committee, 2019

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Dr. Melissa Ryan appointed Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Melissa Ryan appointed Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Melissa Ryan appointed Assistant Professor of EducationDr. Ryan had the following to say about her new position, "The UNM Department of Music is a truly special place, and I am beyond thrilled to join this welcoming and thriving community. Upon arriving, I felt...

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