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Breakfast with the Curators!

Meet MIACís New Deputy Director Dr. Melissa Powell & New Curator of Individually Catalogued Collections, Patrick Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh)

September 9, 2022 8:30 am through 10:30 am

Deputy Director, Dr. Melissa Powell

Melissa S. Powell, Ph.D. is a museum professional with more than twenty-five years of experience, including management of museum collections and facilities. Before arriving at MIAC, she was Curator of Collections and Assistant Research Professor at Anthropology Research Collections, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Dr. Powell formerly served as the Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology and has previous experience at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Her professional background includes museum studies, archaeology and prehistory of the North American Southwest, ceramic production and exchange, consultation and collaboration with tribes and descendant communities, and the curation of exhibits and collections. She previously curated the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture exhibitions Huichol Art and Culture: Balancing the World and Secrets of Casas Grandes: Precolumbian Art and Archaeology of Northern Mexico.

New Curator of Individually Catalogued Collections, Patrick Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh)

In addition to working with MIAC, Patrick Cruz, a member of Ohkay Owingeh, is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology with an Archaeology focus at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests have been focused on Southwest archaeology, and more specifically, the PIII Great Pueblo Migration out of the Four Corners, the post Great Pueblo Migration period in the Northern Rio Grande, identity, Tewa language, village and community formation, indigenous archaeology, and phenomenology. His recent graduate work was conducted on the Cuyamungue site at Pojoaque Pueblo, and his current dissertation research focuses on a site near Ohkay Owingeh called Phiogeh. Previously, he has 20 years of experience both working in the archaeology and museum fields such as at Bandelier National Monument, the New Mexico History Museum, and the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College.