Natalie Ginez is a cultural heritage professional experienced in museum collections management, curatorial practice, archival research, and archaeological fieldwork. Natalie has worked at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Vulci Archaeological Park in Italy, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Cultural Resources Center, Dickinson College archives, Temple University archives, the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, the New-York Historical Society, and the New Jersey State Museum. In summer 2023, she held a graduate research fellowship at the Lewes Historical Society resulting in an article for publication in their journal.
Natalie graduated with thesis honors from Dickinson College, earning a B.A. in Mediterranean Art & Archaeology in 2021. She then continued her education at the University of New Mexico where she completed an M.A. in Museum Studies in May 2023. As a Frank C. Hibben Fellow at UNM’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Natalie worked with Ancient Puebloan and Mimbres objects from their Chaco Canyon and Treasure Hill collections. During a practicum at the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center in Albuquerque, she enjoyed accessioning a collection of Zuni jewelry and beaded figurines.
At the University of Colorado, Natalie hopes to deepen her understanding of Native American material culture by investigating the influence of Spanish missionization on 17th and 18th century art and craft production. Tentatively, Natalie’s thesis research will address indigeneity in the work of Quito School artists José Olmos, Bernardo de Legarda, and Manuel Chili.