Fellow Spotlights

Copper teapot at the National Museum of the American Indian

Steeped in Memory: Amelia Joe-Chandler’s Hogan Teapot at NMAI

Christine Garnier, Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow at SAAM & NMAH   Nestled in an archival box in the storage vaults of the National Museum of the American Indian, I encountered a small, copper sculpture that points to an entirely different sense of place. Hogan Teapot (2013) by Diné (Navajo) artist Amelia Joe-Chandler is a living homage to the idea of home—particularly her family’s home in Dinétah, the ancestral homelands of the Navajo Nation in the American Southwest.
56 million-year-old fossil pollen grains collected from Wyoming and photographed on the NMNH’s scanning electron microscope.

Tiny Fossils, Big Insight; How We Can Use Fossil Pollen to Understand Earth’s Climate History

Vera Korasidis, Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at NMNH   As a palynologist, I study microscopic fossil spores and pollen that were produced by plants for reproduction. Pollen is highly important to the future of every plant and is made of an incredibly resilient substance (sporopollenin) ensuring that pollen can be preserved in rocks for hundreds of millions of years.
Woman’s robes (munisak) from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Power of Color: Using Synthetic Dyes as a Dating Tool for Museum Textiles

Diego Tamburini, Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow at FSGA   Pigments are suitable to be applied on surfaces by mixing them with a binding medium. Dyes can be applied to fibers in several ways in a water solution. This discovery led to one of the most spectacular forms of art and craftsmanship: dyed textiles.
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