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, Marsh, Diana E., Osorio Sunnucks, Laura, and Shelton, Anthony. 2019. "Borders and Interruptions: Museums in the Age of Global Mobility, Mexico City, 7-9 June 2017." Museum Worlds, 7, (1) 182–199.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2018. "Collecting." In The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. 1–10. London, England: Wiley.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira, Finn, Symma, Joe, Jennie R., Hoover, Elizabeth, Gone, Joseph P., Lefthand-Begay, Clarita, and Hill, Stewart. 2018. "Native American Perspectives on Health and Traditional Ecological Knowledge." Environmental health perspectives, 126, (12).
  • McChesney, Lea and Isaac, Gwyneira. 2018. "Paying Back: The Hopi Pottery Oral History Project." In Giving Back: Research and Reciprocity in Indigenous Settings. Herman, R. Douglas K., editor. Oregon State University Press.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2015. "Museums and the Practice of Anthropology: Whose Responsibility is it?" Practicing Anthropology, 37, (3) 19–19.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2015. "Perclusive Alliances: Digital 3-D, Museums and Reconciling of Culturally Diverse Knowledges." Current Anthropology, 56 S286–S296.
  • 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. Phillips, Ruth and Coombes, Annie, editors. Oxford: Blackwell Press.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira and Isaac, Barbara. 2015. "Uncovering the demographics of collecting A case-study of the US Exploring Expedition (1838–1842)." Journal of the History of Collections, 28, (2) 209–223.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2014. "The Price of Knowledge and the Economies of Heritage in Zuni." In Museums as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges. Silverman, Raymond, editor. 152–168. London: Routledge.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2013. "We'Wha Goes to Washington." In Reassembling the Collection. Harrison, Rodney, Byrne, Sarah, and Clark, Anne, editors. 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. McGee, R. Jon and Warms, Richard L., editors. 781–785. London: Sage Publications, Inc..
  • Isaac, Gwyneira, Bojorquez, April, and Nichols, Catherine. 2012. "Dying to be Represented: Museums and Dia de los Muertos Collaborations." Collaborative Anthropologies, 5 28–63.
  • Isaac, Barbara and Isaac, Gwyneira. 2011. "Unexpected trajectories: A history of Niuean throwing stones." The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 120, (4) 369–401.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2011. "Whose Idea Was This? Museums, Replicas and the Reproduction of Knowledge." Current Anthropology, 52, (2) 211–233.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2010. "Anthropology and its Embodiments: 19th Century Museum Ethnography and the Re-enactment of Indigenous Knowledge." Etnofoor, 22, (1) 11–29.
  • 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. Henrietta Lidchi and Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, editors. 77–89. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland.
  • Isaac, Gwyneir. 2008. Mediating Knowledges : Origins of a Museum for the Zuni People. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
  • Isaac, Gwyneira. 2008. "Technology Becomes the Object: Art, Artifact and Digital Media at the National Museum of the American Indian." Journal of Material Culture, 13, (3) 287–210.
  • 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. Sleeper-Smith, Susan, editor. 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. Lonetree, Amy and Cobb, Amanda, editors. 241–266. University of Nebraska.
  • 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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