The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Tuesday, October 3rd ~Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
《International Workshop》Reconnecting Source Communities with Museums for Education: Revitalizing Hopi Silversmithing Traditions

  • Date: Tuesday, October 3rd - Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
  • Venue: Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ, USA)
  • Language: English
  • Hosted:
    JSPS Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research): Source Community Utilization of Ethnological Collections for Information Sharing in Japanese Museums (Fostering Joint International Research) (15KK0069). Atsunori ITO
    Museum of Northern Arizona, USA
  • Cosponsored:
    New Mexico State University Museum
    National Museum of Ethnology, Japan
  • Inquiries: 10-1 Senri Expo-Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan National Museum of Ethnology
  • E-mail: ito[at]
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Providing 2 days educational environment for both Hopi professional silversmiths and students. The artists who attend the workshop in New Mexico (Reconnecting Archaeological Materials with Descendant & Source Communities: Collections Review, Field Trip, Art Work Creation, and Exhibition Planning) will be the instructor. They will share their experiences on visiting Mimbres sites and reviewing pots collection with young silversmiths. The instructors will also show the designs and stance for creativity for the young students using MNA collections. These two workshops are a part of the "Reconnecting source community with museum collection project".



Tuesday, October 3  10am-5pm, Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff)
10:00 - 10:10 “Opening remarks” (Carrie Heinonen)
10:10 - 10:40 “MNA and Hopi Jewelry” (Robert Breunig)
10:40 - 11:00 Reconnecting Source Communities and Museum Collections (Atsunori Ito)
11:00 - 11:30 “Hopi Silversmithing and Mimbres Pottery: Focusing on the activities of Fred Kabotie in 1940s” (Atsunori Ito)
11:30 - 12:00 “Reviving Hopi Jewelry Tradition: Focusing on the activities of Gerald Lomaventema in 2010s”
12:00 - 13:30 lunch
13:30 - 14:00 “Impressions from the workshop in New Mexico” (Ramson Lomatewama, Ed Kabotie, Gerald Lomaventema)
14:00 - 15:30 “MNA pottery collections review” (Ramson Lomatewama, Ed Kabotie, Gerald Lomaventema)
15:30 - 17:00 Learning Mimbres designs through drawing and cutting (all)
Wednesday, October 4  9am-4pm, Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff)
9:00 - 10:00 “Mimbres Culture and Pottery (Fumi Arakawa)
10:00 - 11:00 “Sikyatki Culture and Pottery” (Kelley Hays-Gilpin)
11:00 - 12:00 “Hopi initiatives within the context of modernism” (Henrietta Lidchi)
12:00 - 13:30 lunch
13:30 - 14:00 “My grandfather Fred Kabotie” (Ed Kabotie)
14:00 - 14:30 “Designing jewelry using MNA potteries and textiles” (Gerald Lomaventema)
14:30 - 15:00 “Manner and stance being professional artist: General overview of the Reconnecting Project” (Ramson Lomatewama)
15:00 - 15:30 feedbacks (all)
15:30 - 16:00 Closing Remarks (Robert Breunig)
Photography (all)