Rebecca Dobkins


Rebecca Dobkins is Professor and Chair of Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she has taught since 1996.  She also serves as curator of Indigenous art at the Hallie Ford Museum of art at WU, where she is responsible for the care and exhibition of the permanent collection of Native American art as well as for temporary exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous art.  In her curatorial capacity she has authored five exhibition-related books (see CV) and is known for her work with artists who work in customary media (such as weavers and regalia-makers) as well as in contemporary fine arts media.  She has worked closely with Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation for over 20 years, and organizes a regular biennial of prints produced during CSIA artist residencies.  She currently has two major works-in-progress, a book written in collaboration with members of the nine tribes of Oregon, The Art of Ceremony: Voices from Indigenous Oregon, to be published by U Washington Press in 2022, that focuses upon the intersection of ceremonial arts, practice, and the natural world, and an essay in a forthcoming book about printmaking at the Institute for American Indian Arts.