Poster for upcoming lecture by Dr. Rae Gould

Gould Opens Yager Series on Native American Activism, Engagement

November 15, 2018

Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture and the Department of History will co-host a public lecture by Dr. Rae Gould of the University of Massachusetts on Monday, November 19th. Gould, a senior tribal liaison and lecturer in anthropology, will give a talk titled “Engaged Anthropology from an Indigenous Perspective: The Concept of ‘Institutional Will’.” The lecture will be held in the Yager Museum and is free and open to the public.

Gould is a member of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts and has an extensive record of research and practice on issues of historic preservation, cultural property, and Indigenous legal and sovereignty issues. Over a 20-year career, she has been actively involved in facilitating the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) at multiple institutions in the northeast. She has also worked on archaeology, education, and museum projects for audiences of all ages through her work with her tribe and at several museums in New England.

“We are really excited to bring Dr. Gould to the Museum,” said Quentin Lewis, the Yager Museum’s collections and programs manager. “Dr. Gould’s work has thoughtfully challenged museums, universities, and other cultural institutions to think more critically about how they depict Indigenous people. She has also worked hard to try to undo some of the harm that has come from the historical removal of Indigenous objects from communities without equitable dialog or consultation. We think the future of museums is in building such dialog and we look forward to hearing about how Dr. Gould has worked to make it happen.”

The lecture has been funded by the Richard L. Haan Fund for Native American Studies at Hartwick College.

Gould’s visit opens a series of lectures by Indigenous speakers from the northeastern United States who will speak on themes of activism and engagement. In early February, 2019 Hartwick will host a lecture by Melanie Printup Hope, a Tuscarora artist and educator. Next April, the Museum will be welcome a representative from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division.

The Yager Museum currently features three exhibitions on Native American culture:

  • Of Time and the River: 12,000 Years in the Upper Susquehanna Region, which features many Native American artifacts collected by the Museum’s founder, Willard Yager.
  • Contested Identities: Images of Native Americans, 1880-1930, draws on compelling photographs from the Museum’s Falconer Collection to illustrate the struggles of Native Americans in retaining their cultural identity in the face of government efforts to assimilate them into general American culture.
  • Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art and 20th Century Tourism is a student-curated exhibition that examines the Museum founder’s journey to the American Southwest, the cultures he encountered there, and the artifacts he brought back to Oneonta.

Other exhibitions currently on view include:

  • Masterpieces of European and American Art: Hartwick College’s Art Treasure Room, a permanent exhibition of works ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 20th century pieces by Rockwell Kent and Childe Hassam.
  • In a Modern Vein: Contemporary Art from the Yager Museum Collection highlights the Museum’s modern art collections, featuring works by Rauschenberg, Calder, Warhol, and more.
  • Black Lives at Hartwick Then and Now is an exploration of the history of African Americans and African-American life at Hartwick Seminary and Hartwick College from the 19th century to present. The exhibition features photos and documents from the College’s Paul F. Cooper Jr., Archives and artifacts from the Museum collections.
  • Sculptures in Silver: America’s Standing Liberty Quarters, 1916-1930, which features all variations on this renowned coin designed by sculptor Hermon Atkins McNeil in 1916.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the College is in session. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and College holidays.

The Yager is the Oneonta area’s only museum of art and culture. Admission is free and parking is available near the entrance on the first floor of Yager Hall. To reach the Museum, take West Street to Clinton Street and turn right onto Cayuga Drive. Follow Cayuga Drive to Yager Hall.

Parking is available adjacent to the Museum entrance.

For more information on The Yager Museum and its exhibitions, visit its website or Facebook page, call 607-431-4480, or e-mail Museum Coordinator Doug Kendall at