Academic Interests: Peopling of the New World, traditional plant use, trade, oral tradition, modern indigenous communities, cultural resource management, the western U.S., Mexico, and South America.
Previous Degrees: MA (1996) Northern Arizona University; BA (1992) Western State College of Colorado
MA Thesis Title: An Ethnographic Case Study of Anthropologists and Hopis Concerning Intellectual Property Rights
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Biography: Natalie, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in Anthropology from Western State College of Colorado in 1992 and her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in 1996. Her MA thesis was an ethnographic case study of Hopis and anthropologists on the topic of Native American intellectual property rights. She served as part-time instructor of Anthropology and Spanish for 10 years (combined) at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, and Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. In addition, Natalie participated in museum curation projects resulting from the NAGPRA, worked on contract archaeology projects in the Four Corners area of the Southwest, and served as Museum Coordinator for the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society in Tahoe City. She is currently employed as a museum curator for California State Parks and oversees collections and heritage resources associated with eight state parks.