The University of New Mexico’s Department of American Studies hosts a talk about sacred Diné landscapes on Thursday, April 7, from 4 to 5:30p.m. The event is in Frank Waters room 105 of Zimmerman Library. 

The event’s speaker is Senior Anthropologist and owner of Dinetahdoo Cultural Resources Management LLC Rena Martin. The UNM alumna works with Navajo and tribal people on various issues and conducts ethnographic interviews for anthropological, scientific, and educational studies. 

“Rena Martin is exceptional in how she draws upon her own Diné knowledge and applies to protecting Indigenous and Diné cultural landscapes,” said Jennifer Denetdale, professor and chair of American studies. 

In her talk, “Sacred Diné Landscapes: Cultural Resources Management with a Super Saní” Martin will share stories about becoming a businesswoman who utilizes traditional Diné knowledge to protect sacred Diné landscapes. She will also cover how a university humanities education has facilitated her vision to affirm the wisdom of her ancestors through a cultural resources management business model. 

“American Studies is a wonderful place to expand my own knowledge,” Denetdale said. “Organizing this event brings to UNM an appreciation for the brilliant scholars we have produced.”