University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Sonya Ashley

Building Bridges with “Native Voices”: Reflections on the REU-NSF Program, 2005-2007

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By: Abigail Seldin and Herbert Poepoe and Namibaa Beck and Sonya Ashley

In 2003 the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Jeremy A. Sabloff, then Williams Director of the Penn Museum, and Janet M. Monge, Keeper of the Museum’s Physical Anthropology Section, a three-year grant to establish a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled “Native Voices.” The primary goal of “Native Voices” was to involve visiting Native […]


REU Student Sonya Ashley

By: Sonya Ashley

Like my friend Herbert Poepoe, I was fortunate to participate in the REU program twice (2006, 2007). Having just graduated from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I came to Philadelphia never having seen a museum collection before. I will always remember my first reaction—astonishment and fear. As a Navajo woman, […]