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February 2011

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

On February 4, MoCNA will celebrate First Fridays as well as host a special tribal leaders and legislators forum.
iaia/mocna welcome tribal leaders and legislators 

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS (MoCNA) will host a special event for leaders of area tribes and visiting legislators on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.

This by-invitation-only event is co-sponsored by Dine College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, the American Indian Graduate Center,  Eight Northern Pueblos Council, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), MoCNA, and IAIA's Center for Lifelong Education (CLE), and will feature a series of presentations concerning Native American issues followed by a private reception for the attendees.

In addition, on Friday, February 4, MoCNA will waive its general admission from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in honor of Santa Fe's monthly First Fridays celebrations.

For more information about the private tribal leaders and legislators forum, contact Ramus Suina at the CLE at 505.424.2308 or rsuina@iaia.edu.

?E?anx (The Cave) Director, Helen Haig Brown

Tsilhqot'in film director Helen Haig Brown will give a presentation and screening of her film, ?E?anx (The Cave) on February 21 sponsored by MoCNA. The event will take place at CCA, 1050 Old Santa Fe Trail
award winning director to screen her sundance film festival work

ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Helen Haig Brown (Tsilhqot'in) will give a talk about her experience on the Embargo Collective film project, ?E?Anx (The Cave) at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Haig Brown is an award-winning director, director of photography and teacher, and a leading talent in producing experimental documentary shorts. Her work has often found their starting place in life experiences of her family members, and she explores the significance of land and language to First Nations people.

Her first fictional work, ?E?Anx (The Cave), is an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as well as Berlinale 2010, and was named one of Canada's Top Ten (Short Film) by the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.

Haig-Brown's recent works include Pelq'ilc, about the Secwepemc Nation's language revitalization efforts, and works in the television series Our First Voices, which focuses on indigenous language. As a cinematographer, Haig-Brown has worked with other outstanding experimental documentary directors, including Kevin Lee Burton and Kamala Todd and for CBC, Knowledge (British Columbia's state of the art educational television), and the National Film Board of Canada.

She is a graduate of the Aboriginal Film and Television Production Program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and now resides in the Caribo Chilcotin, her traditional lands in the interior of British Columbia.

Haig Brown is part of MoCNA's exhibition Embargo Collective, and this is an opportunity to meet her and see her film, ?E?Anx (The Cave), on the big screen at CCA. The event is sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. For more information, contact Hayes Locklear at 505.428.5907 or hlocklear@iaia.edu.

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In "The Notorious K.A.T.E.R.I.," a presentation on February 27, MoCNA's Chief Curator Ryan Rice will discuss the works on view in MoCNA's exhibition, Soul Sister: Reimagining Kateri Tekakwitha

winter fiesta, artfeast, curator's talk and a  retail sale highlight february's happenings

IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF the glorious winter season, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) if offering a multitude of events and programs in February.

MoCNA has signed on to co-sponsor of the first annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, February 18 - 27, 2011, taking place throughout Santa Fe. Each day will be a celebration of the season focusing on the city different's bountiful outdoor opportunities, Native American and Spanish cultures, and the region's diverse cuisine, performing arts, and fine arts. Winter Fiesta lanyards holders will enjoy special outstanding discounts and amenities daily all around town. At MoCNA, display your lanyard and get FREE admission and a 10% discount on MoCNA Store purchases for the duration of the Fiesta, as well as complimentary arts programs on Culture Day, Friday, February 25, 2011. Winter Fiesta lanyards are available now at TicketsSantaFe.org for $20.
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The Winter Fiesta will conclude with the 14th Annual ARTfeast, one of Santa Fe's most popular annual events. MoCNA is proud to partner with The Anasazi Restaurant (the Inn of the Anasazi, A Rosewood Hotel) for ARTfeast's celebrated Edible Art Tour (EAT) where 40 downtown and Canyon Road galleries (and museums!) partner with 40 top-notch restaurants to offer an edible walking tour of the arts like no other, on Friday, February 25, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available at ARTfeast.com. Proceeds support arts programs for Santa Fe's youth.
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On Sunday, February 27, 2011 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Chief Curator Ryan Rice will share ideas about Native American saint-figure Kateri Tekakwitha, the works on view in Soul Sister: Reimagining Kateri Tekakwitha, as well as his motivations for developing the exhibition in a special curator's talk entitled, "The Notorious K.A.T.E.R.I." Free with admission.
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Beginning Saturday, February 5, the MoCNA Store is having a huge two-week sale featuring books, jewelry, art and more. Members get an extra 10% discount on sale items. Call 505.983.1666 for details.

All events take place at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, contact Hayes Locklear at 505.428.5907 or hlocklear@iaia.edu.

Patsy Phillips, MoCNA's Director


mocna's membership director moves on: a letter from the director

Dear Museum Members,


After three and a half years of working at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Guin White (Cherokee) has decided to move back into the private sector. I have personally and professionally enjoyed working with Guin, and am sad about her departure. I know our members will miss her, too.  


Guin said about her work at MoCNA, "It has been a rare privilege to serve such an engaged community of people like the ones at MoCNA and IAIA. I will always cherish my memories of working with the generous members and supporters, talented staff and faculty, and bright and energetic students. MoCNA, and all the people I've had the great pleasure of meeting and working with here, will always hold a special place in my heart."  


Guin's position will become two. Hayes Locklear (Lumbee) will now work full time as Education Program Coordinator. Hayes' duties will include organizing special events, tours and programming. As well, MoCNA is conducting a search to hire a Membership Coordinator. This new position will manage the day-to-day duties related to the membership program.


Until we fill this role, please contact the following Museum or IAIA staff:

  • For membership and donation questions, contact Chad Gasper at cgasper@iaia.edu.
  • For questions about events and programs, contact Hayes Locklear at hlocklear@iaia.edu.
  • For matters related to advertising and promotions, contact Ryan Rice at rrice@iaia.edu.

On behalf of MoCNA, we wish Guin White the best in all her future endeavors. If you have any other questions or concerns, contact me, Patsy Phillips, at pphillips@iaia.edu.


Very truly yours,


Patsy Phillips (Cherokee)

MoCNA Director 

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Through 03/31/11

Drawing from the Collection

Embargo Collective;

Puhumuyaw: Dan Lomahaftewa (1951-2005);

VISION PROJECT | Gallery Presents Emergence: John Feodorov;

Soul Sister: Reimagining Kateri Tekakwitha

Through 03/27/11 - EXTENDED!
The Ledger Art of Darryl Growing Thunder, John Isaiah Pepion and Sheridan MacKnight, in the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery | MoCNA Store


02/04/11, 5-7 PM

First Friday's at MoCNA: FREE admission! All are welcome!

Bracelets by Shawn Bluejacket02/05/11-02/19/11

Books, jewelry, art, and MORE! Members get an extra 10% on sale items. Call 505.983.1666 for details.


MoCNA celebrates the 1st annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta: Lanyard holders get FREE admission and a 10% discount in the MoCNA Store

02/21/11, 6-8 PM

Director's Talk with Helen Haig Brown

at CCA, 1050 Old Santa Fe Trail

02/25/11, 5-8 PM

ARTfeast's Edible Art Tour

MoCNA & the Anasazi Restaurant proudly partner for Santa Fe's popular annual event


02/27/11, 2-3 PM

'The Notorious K.A.T.E.R.I.' A curator's talk with Ryan Rice

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02/18/11, 5 PM

Marimba Concert; call 505.424.2387

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