Our Team

 

Dr. Wendy Giddens Teeter – Director

Dr. Wendy G. Teeter is the Curator of Archaeology for the Fowler Museum and the UCLA NAGPRA Coordinator. She teaches periodically in American Indian Studies at UCLA and the California State University, Northridge Anthropology Department. She collaborates nationally and internationally with Indigenous communities on issues of repatriation and cultural heritage protection. At UCLA she oversaw the work of 12 tribes and the UCLA administration to coordinate the return over 2,000 individuals back to rest. Since 2007, Teeter has been co-director of the  Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project, which seeks to understand the Indigenous history of the island and Tongva homelands through multi-disciplinary and collaborative methodologies. The Project provides a field school that has educated over 150 students on the importance of community-based Indigenous archaeology.  Her interests, lectures, and publications focus on the protection and knowledge of material and non-material culture, Indigenous archaeology, and the relationships between humans and the environment in North and Central America. She is also Co-PI for Mapping Indigenous Los Angeles, a community-based website devoted to storytelling through cultural geography and map making as well as providing educational resources and curriculum. Teeter helped to develop the Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange Program in the Native Nations Law & Policy Center, UCLA School of Law. In June 2011 she co-curated, “Launching A Dream: Reviving Tongva Maritime Traditions,” at the Fowler Museum at UCLA with Cindi Alvitre (Director, Ti’at Society). She serves on several boards and committees including as Chair of the Society for California Archaeology Curation Committee and Editorial Board Member, Heritage & Society Journal.

Dr. Mishuana Goeman – Director

Dr. Goeman received her PhD from Stanford University in Modern thought and Literature in 2013 and joined UCLA faculty in 2009. Since that time she has participated on the NAGPRA committee as well as several diversity and inclusion committees on campus. She is also a Co-PI on a community based digital humanities project, Mapping Indigenous L.A. (www.mila.ss.ucla.edu). Her monograph Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2013. She has published her research in several peer-reviewed journals and has book chapters in Theorizing Native StudiesSources and Methods in Indigenous Studies, and in twoMacmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender: Sources, Perspectivesand Methodologies (2016) and Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (2017). She also has a forthcoming monograph The Spectacle of Originary Moments: Terrance Malick’s the New World as part of the Indigenous Film Studies Series.

Sedonna Goeman-Shulsky – Project Manager

Sedonna Goeman-Shulsky, Tonawanda Band of Seneca, is the Archaeology Collections Manager at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, where she has worked on repatriation, curatorial, archival, and digital projects. She also works part time at the Autry Museum of the American Southwest as an Archaeological Collections Assistant. Sedonna has a variety of experience working with Indigenous communities, through her work at non-profits, as a college intern, and her work in archaeology and museums. Her involvement in archaeology began when she attended a field school session through the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project, and she is a recent college graduate from UC Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology. Sedonna is the project manager for COAH, where she conducts and films interviews and works with project staff to create content as part of her managerial role.

María Montenegro – Mukurtu Website Developer and Digital Archivist

María Montenegro is a doctoral candidate in Information Studies at UCLA. Her interdisciplinary research sits at the intersection of critical archival theory, Indigenous studies, and tribal law and policy, and is in conversation with anticolonial theory and the Indigenous data sovereignty movement. Her dissertation project explores the role that archives play structurally in the U.S. Federal Acknowledgement policy. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and a BA in Aesthetics from Universidad Catolica (Chile). María is a researcher for the Local Contexts project and used to work as the project coordinator of the Sustainable Heritage Network. For this project, María is in charge of developing and managing the COAH website powered by Mukurtu CMS.

Hector Mayoral – Music Supervisor

Hector Mayoral started in music at a young age in his native island of Puerto Rico. His first love was the drums and indigenous rhythms, but by age 15 he was already into more melodic instruments like guitar & piano. Hector moved to the states after that, at which time he started composing his own tunes. Sometime in the late 90's, one of his idols, singer Marvin Santiago fell ill and needed a liver transplant; Hector formed his band Acho Brother and recorded "A Beneficio de Marvin Santiago", an EP to help cover the costs of the procedure for Mr. Santiago. Acho Brother is a mixture of Puertorican Folk Music and Rock Music. They have a total of 5 albums to date available on Bandcamp, iTunes & Spotify. In 2003 Hector moved to Tampa, Florida to broaden his musical horizons by working with Gumbi Ortiz's (Al DiMeola) Latino Projekt and Ray Olan y Su Sason, playin Colombia, Puerto Rico, SXSW and Gasparilla Music Festival. He is the music supervisor for Carrying Our Ancestors Home and has composed and performed the music for the project's original videos.

Jillien Keim Malott – Story Developer and Video Editor

Jillien Keim Malott is currently the archaeological collections curatorial assistant at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. She is a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles and will be completing her bachelor's degree in anthropology in June of 2019. Since transferring to UCLA from Oxnard College in September of 2017, her anthropology course work has had an emphasis in Native North Americans and repatriation. Her NAGPRA work with the Fowler has included extensive cultural affiliation research for remains and artifacts within the collections, as well as the creation of culturally unidentifiable human remain inventories (CUIs). During this project, Jillien has been the story developer and video editor for COAH's digital media. She has also conducted archival material research, designed finding aids, compiled portions of the UCLA NAGPRA timeline, and assisted with written narrative creation.

Xochitl Aguinaga – Researcher

Xochitl Aguiñaga is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Food Studies. Xochitl began her work at the Fowler Museum's Archaeology Collections in 2017 as a work-study assistant. Xochitl presented at the Society for California annual meeting on the California Curation Crisis, alongside Dr. Wendy Teeter and Stevy Hernandez. For this project, Xochitl obtained and digitized archival material, conducted research, and created a timeline of UCLA NAGPRA history.

Venice Teeter – Researcher

Venice Teeter is an American Studies major at Smith College. While her career track is focused on the music industry, she spent many summers helping with the Pimu Catalina Island Archaeology Project doing archaeology survey and museum curation. She has also worked for Cogstone Resources Inc doing field surveys, archival research, and curation. For this project, she researched and compiled educational resources on NAGPRA and repatriation, as well as helped to develop components of the website.

Lili Raygoza – Videographer

Lili Raygoza is a scholar and multimedia artist with a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA. Her interests include critical curatorial practices and the negotiation of identity through language and the body. Her experience working with The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, The Fowler Museum and The Will Rogers Historic Ranch House Museum have informed the way she engages with culturally sensitive material within museum and archival collections. Lili is currently focusing on immersive technology, cultural heritage preservation and curation through UCLA's Culture and Performance graduate program within the School of the Arts and Architecture.