NAISA Northeast Gathering

Museums, Archives, Preservation, Representation in the Northeast: A regional gathering of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and Five College NAIS Symposium.

Welcome to the NAISA Northeast Gathering and Five College NAIS Symposium!



Situated in the Dawnland and at the crossroads of nations north, south, east, and west, we invite regional NAIS scholars to our five campuses to renew ties, create new collaborations, and celebrate ongoing work. In particular, this in-person gathering will be an opportunity to support upcoming scholars. Graduate students and junior faculty are invited to present with established scholars, and roundtables/workshops will seek to share best practices and explore new directions.

The Five College Symposium is the final event of the NAISA 2022 regional gathering series.

This gathering is open to all and in-person.
See below the Covid-19 policies for masking on each campus hosting a NAIS Symposium event.
If you have cold symptoms, we recommend that you stay home and take care of yourself. 



Registration for the Sept. 22 opening reception and the Sept. 23 concluding performance is still open. See Registration below.



Chief Jorge Estevez, keynote speaker

​​​​​​​Keynote Speaker Taino Chief Jorge Estevez

Chief Jorge Estevez is a veteran museum educator and leader of Grupo Higuayagua, which organizes Native families and individuals, recovers Indigenous cultural practices.

Jennifer Kreisberg singing with a microphone

Performer Jennifer Kreisberg

Jennifer is a member of the Native women's Trio ULALI. She comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through the maternal line. She is known for fierce vocals, soaring range and lilting, breath-taking harmonies. 


Thursday, September 22

5:30-7 Opening Reception at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Guests will have the opportunity to visit the new exhibit "Considering Indigeneity" while enjoying Wampanoag cuisine catered by Sly Fox Den.

Friday, September 23

All day Programming

Location: UMass Campus Center*, Amherst, MA

* Details regarding the specific location will only be provided following registration. 

8:30-9:00        Light Breakfast

9:00-9:20        Welcome / Opening Remarks

                                - Chaplain Aaron Athey ( (Mohegan Nation) 
                                - Laura Furlan, Associate Professor of English
                                  and Director of American Studies, UMass Amherst

9:20-10:05        Keynote Address

                                - Chief Jorge Estevez on Taino heritage Museum Work

10:05-10:15       Break

10:15-11            Opening Panel: Living Archives / Reviving Languages 

                                 - Jean-Luc Pierite (NAICOB), "Land as Archive: Ethics and the Common Good
                                    Residency at Hampshire College

                                - Luiz Amaral (UMass Amherst) and Gabriela Perez-Baez (University of Oregon),
                                   "Preserving and Disseminating community experiences to maintain and
                                    revitalize Indigenous languages through an online, open access journal."

                                - Jessica Dolan (dept. of Infrastructure and Housing), "Karhá:kon, Kahentowánon, tânon Atsá:kta,
                                   In the forest, the field, and by the waters: combining archival and field research 
                                   to create an Indigenous ethnobotanical map and field guide to Southern Ontario.

                                - Moderator: Prof. Manuela Picq (Political Science, Amherst College) 

11:00-12:15       Tribal Museums in New England. Where are they now?

                                  -  Silvermoon Larose, Tomaquag Indian Museum

                                  - Janette Vanderhoop, Aquinnah/Martha's Vineyard Cultural Center

                                  - Joshua Carter, Mashantucket Pequot Museum 

                                  - Steven Peters, Smoke Sygnals, Inc.

                                   - Moderator: Rachel Beth Sayet, Mohegan

12:15-1:15         Lunch and Networking Opportunities

1:15-3:45           Roundtables

                          Current Work in the Kwinitekw Valley / Indigenous Art across the Dawnland                                           - Heid Erdrich, Turtle Mountain Chippewa

                                   - Brandon Castle, Amherst College

                                    - Mike Kelly, Head of Archives & Special Collections, 
                                      Amherst College R. Frost Library

                                    -Sydney Nguyen, Smith College Libraries

                                   - Natani Notah, Navajo Nation), upcoming artist resident at Mass MoCA

                                    - Moderator: Brandon Castle

                           Return and Future of Museums, Libraries, and Archives

                                      - Lydia Curliss, Nipmuc, University of Maryland                

                                      - Marge Bruchac, Abenaki, UPenn

                                      - Barbara Mathews, Historic Deerfield

                                      - Aaron Miller, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

                                      - Kimberly Toney, Nipmuc, John Carter Brown Library / the Brown University Library

                                      - Moderator: Lydia Curliss

3:45-4:00           Break

4:00-5:00          "Demystifying" Publishing and Research Opportunities

                                      - Ginetta Candelario, Meridians

                                      - Mary Dougherty, UMass Press

                                      - Jim Hicks, Mass Review

                                      - Ruth Rouvier, American Philosophical Society's Library & Museum

                                      - Kiara Vigil, SAIL editor 

                                      - Nan Wolverton, American Antiquarian Society 

                                      - Moderator: Kiara Vigil 

5:00-5:30          Break, Social Time, Mentorship Meetings

Friday, September 23

7:00pm Concluding Performance

Jennifer Kreisberg, Tuscarora (North Carolina)

Member of the critically acclaimed Native women's  Trio ULALI  

Location: Smith College

The PVTA bus schedule from UMass to Smith College is available here


Thank you for registering for the 2022 Five College NAIS Symposium / NAISA Northeast Gathering that will engage the theme “Museums, Archives, Preservation, and Representation in the Northeast” on September 22-23.

You will find important logistical information including the addresses for each venue by clicking on this link.




We have now reached space capacity for the Sept. 23 Symposium activities and cannot accept additional registrations for that day. Registration for the opening reception and the closing performance is still open.

Participation in any of the events (reception, symposium, and performance) requires registration using the form below. Registration is free. 

Kindly note that participants in this NAISA regional gathering are asked to be current NAISA members and Five Colleges, Inc. (FCI) will sponsor a limited number of NAISA memberships. 

The location details re. the NAISA Gathering events will be emailed to all registered participants. Locations will not be listed on this page. 



The NAISA Northeast regional gathering / Five College NAIS Symposium is an in-person event. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, contact Bea Cusin at We ask that you make accommodation requests no later than 72 hours prior to the start of the event to allow for adequate implementation time. Regardless, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.


Free transportation by PVTA buses is available to the UMass Campus Center for the Symposium activities and to Smith College for the closing performance. See the PVTA schedule here


The Covid-19 requirements differ per campus and are quoted below for each event: 

September 22 Opening Reception at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum: "Please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth through at least September 30 per MHC COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines."

September 23 NAIS Symposium all-day programming at the UMass Campus Center:
"UMass is a mask welcome campus, and we encourage everyone to respect the choices that individuals make about their own masking. Masking is strongly encouraged during the first few weeks of the fall semester, particularly in crowded settings, or for individuals who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19."

September 23 Closing Performance by Jennifer Kreisberg at Smith College:
"Masks are required in gatherings of 30 or more."



For any questions regarding the NAIS Symposium, please contact Administrative Assistant Bea Cusin at