Past Events

May 22, 2017 - Santa Fe, NM

Understanding Cultural Property -
A Path to Healing Through Communication

The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and the School for Advanced Research will present
Understanding Cultural Property: A Path to Healing Through Communication, with a full day public presentation by tribal representatives, specialized legal counsel, art professionals, museum personnel and various other interest groups. 

The goal of the symposium is to inform the public about tribal values and to find positive and respectful solutions that will enhance rather than harm Southwest regional and tribal economic interests. Legislation will be covered by national legal experts, and the public will be introduced to and encouraged to participate in ATADA’s new Voluntary Returns initiative bringing privately-owned, important cultural objects directly back to the tribes.

Panelists Included:

Tim Begay (Navajo) 

Wes Cowan 
Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. 

Kate Fitz Gibbon
Fitz Gibbon Law, LLC 

Robert Gallegos

Kim Martindale
Antique American Indian Art Show Santa Fe 

Dallin Maybee (Seneca / Arapaho)

Shannon Keller-O’Loughlin, Esq. (Choctaw)

Arlen Quetawki (Zuni) 

Gregory Smith
Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP 

Sam Tenakhongva (Hopi)

Brian Vallo (Acoma)
School for Advanced Research

Robert Alan Hershey
University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law

Vanessa Elmore
Elmore Art Appraisals


Eldorado Hotel Ballroom
309 W. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Monday, May 22, 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm

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The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is a research center located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. SAR supports advanced scholarship and creativity in the social sciences, the humanities, and Native American art. 


The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA) is an international organization whose art dealer, collector, and museum members are located primarily in the US. ATADA focuses on professional development and best practices for the trade in historic and contemporary tribal, ethnographic, and indigenous arts from around the world.

This symposium is made possible, in part, by the generous support of: