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2019 Native American Museum Studies Institute (NAMSI): Home

A Professional Development Opportunity for Tribal Museum Professionals


Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues: UC Berkeley Native American Museum Studies Institute

The Native American Museum Studies Institute is hosted annually, for four days in June, by the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues at the University of California at Berkeley.  This intensive training helps to increase the capacity of tribal community members to repatriate, conserve, and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development exhibits.

Workshop topics include: 

• Collections Management and Cataloging 
• Conservation/Collections Care 
• Curation and Exhibit Design 
• Managing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Using an Open Source Platform (Mukurtu and TK Labels)   
• Educational Programming for Children and Youth
• Repatriation and NAGPRA 
• Museum Development, Management and Fundraising 
• Cultural Sensitivity and the Movement to Decolonize Museums

Participants will also be invited to share a presentation about their work and tribal museum/cultural center.

Eligibility and Application 

  • Priority will be given to those already working or volunteering with a tribe’s collection in a museum or in another tribal cultural preservation project 
  • Those planning a museum or other cultural preservation project may also apply and may be accepted depending upon availability.


• The training is tuition free to the participants

• A non-refundable $50 fee covers lunch and materials.

• Participants will be responsible for their other meals, lodging, and travel expenses, Participants will also be responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements, but since space is limited, please do not make any non-refundable reservations until you are notified that you are accepted into the program. The Graduate Hotel is the closest hotel to the workshop site (one block). The Bancroft Hotel is also nearby (two blocks) and slightly less expensive but with smaller rooms.  Another option is the Berkeley City Club Hotel, which is about four blocks from the Institute. A more economical option is the YMCA. It is a longer walk—about 30 minutes, but it is on a bus route that comes within one block of the Institute. Other options may be found here: Many reasonably priced restaurants are within a short walk of campus.

• Partial travel stipends may be available in case of financial need.

Sponsored By:
Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, UC Berkeley
California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Native American Studies Librarian

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Melissa Stoner
Ethnic Studies Library
30 Stephens Hall #2360
Berkeley, CA 94720-2360