Native American and Indigenous Studies @ UVA

Native American and Indigenous Studies @ UVA (NAIS@UVA) is a collaborative working group comprised of faculty, staff, students, museum curators, librarians, alumni, and members of the Virginia Indigenous community who have joined to build a Native American and Indigenous Studies Center and an interdisciplinary academic program in Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Virginia. We seek to collaborate with Indigenous communities globally, and locally with Virginia tribes, to advance pedagogy, research, and service.

Our goal is to establish a permanent Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies at UVA, which will house an interdisciplinary academic program, as well as multipurpose spaces for mutually-beneficial research, teaching, and community engagement. This will allow UVA to join peer institutions in supporting a vibrant scholarly field that simultaneously concerns nearly 400 million Indigenous people worldwide and local American Indian communities within a short drive from Charlottesville. A Program and Center will serve UVA students by enabling them to connect with the scholarly and Indigenous communities that are shaping the future of Indigenous relations worldwide; support faculty, student, and community research in Indigenous studies; and cultivate respectful and sustainable UVA-Indigenous relations, locally and globally. These goals align with President Ryan’s stated aspirations for making our University both “great and good.”

Academic departments and programs involved: American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Environmental Sciences, Global Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Landscape Architecture, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Music, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art.

Schools, Centers, Initiatives, Museums, and other resources involved: the College of Arts and Sciences, Curry School of Education, School of Architecture, Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, Mapping Indigenous Worlds Humanities Lab, Center for Global Health, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, UVA Library, Learning Technology Center, The Fralin Museum of Art, and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.