Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Gwyneira Isaac

Curator of North American Indigenous Culture
Department / Division
  • B.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.Phil., Oxford University
  • Ph.D., Oxford University
Research Interests

Anthropology, Zuni and Southwest Pueblos, knowledge systems, material culture, photography.

  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2006. "What Are Our Expectations Telling Us? Encounters with the National Museum of the American Indian." American Indian Quarterly 30 (4): 547– 596.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2005. "Mediating Knowledges: Zuni Negotiations for a Culturally Relevant Museum." Museum Anthropology 28 (1): 3– 18.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2005. "Re-observation and the Recognition of Change: The Photographs of Matilda Coxe Stevenson (1879-1915)." Journal of the Southwest 47 (3): 411– 455.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 1997. "Louis Agassiz's Photographs in Brazil: Separate Creations." History of Photography 21 (1): 3– 11.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira, Fontenelle, Wendy, and Kennedy, Tom. 1997. "A:shiwi A:wan: 'Belonging to the Zuni People': Interviews from the A:shiwi A:wan museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, NM." Cultural Survival Quarterly 21 (1): 41– 46.

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  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2018. "Collecting." in The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 1– 10. London, England: Wiley.
  • McChesney, Lea and Isaac, Gwyneira. 2018. "Paying Back: The Hopi Pottery Oral History Project." in Giving Back: Research and Reciprocity in Indigenous Settings, edited by Herman, R. Douglas K., Oregon State University Press.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2015. "'Get to Know Your World': An Interview with Jim Enote, Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni New Mexico." in Museum Transformations. International Handbook of Museums, edited by Phillips, Ruth and Coombes, Annie., Oxford: Blackwell Press.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2014. "The Price of Knowledge and the Economies of Heritage in Zuni." in Museums as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges, edited by Silverman, Raymond., 152– 168. London: Routledge.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2013. "We'Wha Goes to Washington." in Reassembling the Collection, edited by Harrison, Rodney, Byrne, Sarah, and Clark, Anne., 143– 170. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira and Bell, Joshua A. 2013. "Smithsonian Institution." in Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia, edited by McGee, R. Jon and Warms, Richard L., 781– 785. London: Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2009. "Digital Enchantments: The Use of Electronic Media at the National Museum of the American Indian." in Visual Currencies: Reflections on Native American Photography, edited by Henrietta Lidchi and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie., 77– 89. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2008. "Responsibility Towards Knowledge: The Zuni Museum as a Mediator between Anglo-American and Zuni Knowledge Systems." in Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives, edited by Sleeper-Smith, Susan., 241– 266. University of Nebraska Press.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2008. "What Are Our Expectations Telling Us? Encounters with the National Museum of the American Indian." in The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations, edited by Lonetree, Amy and Cobb, Amanda., 241– 266. University of Nebraska.
  • Isaac, Gwyneir. 2008. Mediating Knowledges : Origins of a Museum for the Zuni People. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.