2011 Del Jones Award Winner
Kendall Tallmadge is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and is currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she is working towards a dual degree in business administration and cultural anthropology. She spent the majority of her life growing up in the small tourist town of Wisconsin Dells, WI, where her father served as the Native American liaison for the school district and strove to educate students about Native American life. She began following in her father’s footsteps during her junior year at Beloit College when she became involved with the Logan Museum of Anthropology by organizing their first and second annual Native American Awareness Month activities. Her time at the Logan provided her first opportunity to start using anthropology to foster the much-needed education of Native peoples to the larger world, and it sparked her desire to continue working with indigenous peoples and museums.
Her work in this area continued by becoming the 2009-2010 Harvey Branigar, Jr. Native intern at the Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe. Her time at the IARC included learning about indigenous curation techniques and participating in the institution’s ongoing Zuni consultations. Upon attending CU-Boulder, she became Dr. Jen Shannon’s research assistant and, as a result, the project ethnographer for the iShare project, a collaborative project between the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Navajo Nation Museum, National Taiwan Museum, and Paiwan Cultural Center. Kendall’s eventual thesis will involve working with members of her own tribe by recording oral histories from individuals that used to work at two different cultural tourist attractions in Wisconsin Dells. With her combined degrees, she hopes to someday hold a management position at a tribal museum or become a business consultant to tribes entering the cultural tourism industry through museums or other venues. Her paper at SfAA is about the iShare project as it relates to decolonization theory and practice.