Pre-Conference Workshop, Post-Conference Trip, and General Registration NOW OPEN: “Museums Different,” Second Biennial Conference of the  Council for Museum Anthropology

The Council for Museum Anthropology’s second biennial conference will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, September 21, 2019. Using the unique position of Santa Fe -- the “City Different” -- as a starting point for thinking broadly about both local and global approaches to museum anthropology, the conference theme is “Museums Different.” We will build off the theme and conversations from our first conference, “Museum Anthropology Futures,” held in May 2017 at Concordia University in Montreal. 

The conference is based on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, home to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The conference includes sessions and activities at the Institute of American Indian Arts as well as an evening reception at the School for Advanced Research. 



Registration and Lodging


Registration is now open! Please visit the conference website for more information on registration, lodging, and visiting Santa Fe. 


Hotel Information:

Santa Fe Sage Inn & Suites

725 Cerrillos Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505


We have reserved a small block of discounted sleeping rooms. Reserve your room by calling 505.982.5952, toll free at 866.433.0335, or use this special link to book online. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $120 S/D plus tax and Xperience Xclusive fees. The Xperience Xclusive fee is an additional $15.00 per night. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the Museums Different: The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. The block of rooms is limited, and rooms might sell out before the deadline. To ensure availability at the group rate, please make your reservations as soon as possible, as September is in high demand for the Santa Fe area.


La Fonda on the Plaza

100 East San Francisco Street 

Santa Fe, NM 87501


We also have reserved a limited block of rooms at the historic La Fonda on the plaza. The special rate that AAA and CMA have secured is $299/SD plus tax. To reserve these rooms, please call 800.523.5002, extension #1. When making reservations by phone, please ask for the The Council for Museum Anthropology Conference rate. 



Pre-Conference Workshop 


Museums Different: “Guidelines for Collaboration: Practical Considerations of Access, Documentation, and Relationship-Building”


Date: September 18, 2019 from 9am-5pm 

Location: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology


The Council for Museum Anthropology is pleased to announce that we will beoffering a pre-“Museums Different” conference workshop on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 addressing the philosophical and practical realities of collaboration between museums and communities. The Guidelines for Collaboration, a document drafted by the National Museum of the American Indian and the School for Advanced Research to aid museums in initiating and navigating collaborative projects with Native peoples, will be used as a reference for the day’s discussion.


Designed as a practicum, the workshop is intended to broaden knowledge of the Guidelines while also testing their utility with curators and museum anthropologists. The workshop will demonstrate the ways in which all phases of museum work, including conservation and collections management, are responsible for the initiation and sustaining of collaborative work. 


Each participant will be asked to review the Guidelines prior to the workshop. One week before the start of the session, all participants must submit a 3-minute example of an issue, specific problem, question, or some aspect of a collaborative project that either went well or did not go well. 


To apply, please send the below information to 

·     Name, title, institutional affiliation, and tribal affiliation (if applicable) 

·     One paragraph indicating how participation in this workshop will further your academic or professional goals 

·     One paragraph describing your previous experience and/or interest in collaborative museum work 


Applications are due on July 22nd, and participants will be notified of their acceptance to the workshop by July 29th. Please email Landis Smith and Lillia McEnaney at cmaconference2019@gmail.comfor questions about the workshop program or application process.  


Workshop speakers may include: Dr. Bruce Bernstein (Executive Director, Coe Center for the Arts; Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Pueblo of Pojoaque), Jennifer Day (Registrar, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research), Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo; Curator of Ethnology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology), Kelly McHugh (Supervisory Collections Manager, National Museum of the American Indian), and Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Assistant Director for Collections, National Museum of the American Indian). Additional speakers will be announced shortly. 


This workshop is organized by Landis Smith (Collaborative Programs Consultant at the School for Advanced Research; Projects Conservator at the Museums of New Mexico) in conversation with the Council for Museum Anthropology’s Local Arrangements Conference Committee. 




Post-Conference Trip


On Sunday, September 21st, the Council for Museum Anthropology is offering a one-day post-conference trip. The day will begin with a tour of the ancestral San Ildefonso mesa-top village of Tsankawi. The hike is about 2 1/2 miles with a moderate climb. Following our walk, we will travel to the Tewa village of San Ildefonso for lunch and a pottery demonstration at the home of a celebrated potter. On the way back to Santa Fe, our tour will take us through the village of Chimayo for a self-guided visit to the world famous El Santuario de Chimayo, and the day will end with a dinner at the equally famous Rancho de Chimayo. 


The cost of the one-day trip will be $70.00. Transportation and the cost of lunch is included in this cost. To register for this program, please fill email cmaconference2019@gmail.comand we will send you more information.Registration will be capped at 25 people. 




Funding Opportunities for Native Attendees and Participants


In the coming weeks, we will be announcing generous travel and registration scholarship opportunities for Native speakers and participants. Watch CMA social media channels for this exciting announcement.




Call for Volunteers


We are looking for conference volunteers to assist with registration, AV, catering, busses, and social media. Please email us at cmaconference2019@gmail.comif you are interested!