Tuesday, May 17, 2022
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Counter Mapping Articulates What Is Between

We can transcend the boundaries of mapping conventions and share our visions of a righteous world with diverse expressions. Stepping into mappings, what is next, requires conjuring the broadest spectrum of imagination, ideas, and perspectives. Counter mapping is not only about deflating conventions of mapping and confronting the canon of map-making. It is about creating unprecedented maps that set the record straight by inciting motivation in accessible and dramatic ways.

All welcome.

Jim Enote is a Zuni tribal member, lifelong farmer, CEO of the Colorado Plateau Foundation, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Grand Canyon Trust, Board member of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and serves on the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society. Formerly, he served on the Board of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. Jim is also a National Geographic Society Explorer, Carnegie Foundation Senior Fellow, and a New Mexico Community Luminaria.

Jim’s service the past forty-five years includes natural resource, cultural resource, philanthropic, and arts assignments for many organizations including UNESCO, UNDP, International Secretariat for Water, Nordic Council of Ministers, Tibet Child Nutrition Project, the Mountain Institute, National Geographic Society, US Bureau of Indian Affairs, US National Park Service, Zuni Tribe, and several major charitable foundations, museums, and universities. He has written in Heritage In the Context of Globalization; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Sacredness as a Means to Conservation; Mapping Our Places; Indigenous People and Sustainable Development; A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne, and Redrock Stories, to name a few. Recent short pieces include; We Cannot Live by Sentiments Alone, The Museum Collaboration Manifesto, Buyer Beware, What I Tell Boys, and Please Don’t Call Me a Warrior.

In 2010 while serving as the Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum, Jim was awarded the first Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology during the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference. In 2013 he received the Guardian of Culture and Lifeways Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and in 2016 received the Hewett Award for leadership and service to the New Mexico museum community and achievements in the museum field. In 2021, Jim received the Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award for decades of service protecting natural habitats for all dependent life forms.

In his role as CEO of Colorado Plateau Foundation, Jim plans, directs, and evaluates the Foundation’s program of grantmaking, fundraising, development, and fund investment in addition to managing staff, overseeing programming and operations, and working with the CPF Board of Directors. As a fundraiser and educator to the philanthropic community, Jim connects, engages, and leverages funding to support regional issues on the Colorado Plateau.

Jim lives in Zuni, New Mexico, his hometown.

This speaker series is organized by Alex Ungprateeb Flynn, Lili Flores Aguilar, and Rashaida Hill within the Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance with the support of American Indian Studies Center, Student Committee for the Arts, Counterforce Lab, Design Media Arts, and UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture.

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Alex Ungprateeb Flynn is an Assistant Professor at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California, Los Angeles. Working as an anthropologist and curator, Alex’s practice explores the intersection of ethnographic and curatorial modes of enquiry. Researching collaboratively with activists, curators and artists in Brazil since 2007, Alex explores the prefigurative potential of art in community contexts, prompting the theorisation of fields such as the production of knowledge, the pluriversal, and the social and aesthetic dimensions of form.