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Native American Museum Studies Institute


Advanced NAMSI

June 18 - 21, 2018

A Professional Development Opportunity for Tribal Museum Professionals

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

This year we are offering an Advanced version of NAMSI that builds on training offered at past NAMSIs and is open only to past participants.

Registration is currently full, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact

Christine Trost: ctrost AT



Watch a brief video about 2017 NAMSI here (courtesy of 2017 NAMSI participant Sabine Talaugon, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Founder and Consultant, Iwex Consulting; Volunteer, Guadalupe Cultural Arts and Education Center)


Goal: to develop the capacity of tribal community members to 

• Conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage 
• Foster tribal representations and partnerships 
• Educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development and exhibits 

Workshop topics include: 

• Collections Management and Cataloging 
• Conservation/Collections Care 
• Curation and Exhibit Design 
• Digitizing Collections 
• 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 based on how they applied what they learned at a past NAMSI.


  • Participation in a past NAMSI training (offered 2012-2017)
  • 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 Hotel Durant 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 .  A more economical option is the YMCA A longer walk—about 30 minutes, but it is on a bus route that comes within one block of the Institute. Other options are listed here: . Many reasonably priced restaurants are within a short walk of campus.

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



Read Berkeley News article about the 2012 institute here.

For more information call Christine Trost at 510-643-7237 or email namsiucb AT gmail DOT com.

Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issue
The Myers Center is part of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues 
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
TEL: 510.643.7237
FAX: 510.642.8674


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