Angelo Baca on the Elders of Bears Ears /63

  The Arch canyon area of Bears Ears, by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News


The Arch canyon area of Bears Ears, by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

As a PhD student in the department of anthropology at New York University, Angelo has research interests in indigenous international repatriation, indigenous food sovereignty, and sacred lands protection. He promotes a local participatory research methodology and empowering traditional knowledge keepers. He has taught a variety of Native American and Indigenous course topics from college to Ivy league university settings. As a documentary film-maker, Angelo has developed digital storytelling projects in close collaboration with indigenous communities. His latest film is Shash Jaa': Bears Ears. He is the co-president of the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU, assisting in facilitating an Indigenous Studies Program minor at the institution and he is on the selection committee for the Chief Diversity Officer at NYU.



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