Kari Quiballo

About Kari Quiballo

Kari Quiballo is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in American Indian Studies with a minor in Information while also seeking a second master's in Indigenous Governance from the James E. Rogers College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program . She has recently completed a Research Assistantship at the Native Nations Institute (NNI) working on the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN). She has been a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Many Nations of Native America teaching team in the American Indian Studies Department of the University of Arizona (UofA). Ms. Quiballo graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) from the UofA. Her IDS degree concentrations were Art History (Musuem Studies), Religious Studies, and Philosophy. Ms. Quiballo's master's degree is from the UofA iSchool, where she focused her education on photographic and film archiving, more specifically Indigenous identity construction in all 3 cultural heritage institutions archives, libraries, and museums. She is a Knowledge River Scholar (KS). KR is a singular scholarship program in the U.S. situtated at the UofA iSchool. KR focuses on information issues that effect Indigenous and other historically excluded communities in the U.S. While a KR scholar her research focused on the commodification of information and the resulting privatization and commercialization in information institutions. Concentrating on the control non-Native run institutions have over Indigenous cultural information and identity. Ms. Quiballo looked at the othering and identity construction of Indigenous people that arises from inhospitable professional care and exile of the Indigenous voice in reference to their material culture and information objects in archives and museums. Specifically, Ms. Quiballo focused on how these issues effect sovereignty in reference to Indigenous people as producers of information and culturally responsive care (CRC) and repatriation of archival materials. Currently, Ms. Quiballo is researching the application of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP) principles in First Nations Health Care research and The CARE Principles for Indigenos Data Governance to online photographic and film archives of American Indians, specialized digital archival tools for Indigenous communities, and the protection of intellectual property rights of American Indians in the twenty-first century. 



Neoglyphix: All Indigenous Aerosol Art Exhibition

Neoglyphix seeks an alternative understanding graffiti art which is historically linked to hip hop and the art world. This alternative understanding is rooted in the ancient indigenous expression of petroglyphs. Neoglyphix is the renewal of ancient writings on walls by Indigenous people through the new writings on walls by contemporary Indigenous artists. Neoglyphix gives all community members a positive image of contemporary Native culture and art and inspires the community to engage in Indigenous culture and lifeways from the Indigenous perspective. Establishing guild member and archivist. Processing, gathering, and organizing event photos and ephemera, as well as the create, archive and curate the Neoglyphix website.

Arizona State Museum, Southwest Native Nations Advisory Board

§ Sitting in on board meetings covering updated bi-laws, and guidelines for exhibits and storage. Two representatives from the following tribes -- Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community, Yavapai-Apache Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Hopi Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Fort Mojave Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe, Havasupai Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, and White Mountain Apache attend and vote. Important issues discussed are strategic planning, endowments, funding, and NAGPRA compliance.

Old Pascua Museum & Yaqui Culture Center

§ Processing a collection of over 4,000 photographs documenting the building of the Pascua Center, celebrations and other activities at the center, along with other photographic documentation of events in community members lives, including work, school, and artwork and exhibits. The collection includes ephemera, as in flyers, newsprint and other publications on the Pascua Yaqui community.

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

  • §  W. Eugene Smith Photographic Collection- created index for 190 boxes of work prints, photographs, and negatives that document the life and work of W. Eugene Smith. Created an inventory of the number of negatives the Center has of Eugene Smith’s work. Also helped with identification of prints and negatives for Eugene Smith Big Book Project.

  • §  Gary Winogrand- reprocessed negatives, identified photos

  • §  Arthur Bell- created finding aid and reestablished hierarchical series allotted by previous archivists.

  • §  Cataloged archival collections using original MARC, AACR2/DACS standards, and descriptive and subject headings. Inputted records into OCLC.

  • §  Marion Post Wolcott- integrated the last of Wolcott’s donation to the Center after her death in 1990.

  • §  Joe Deal-conducted original inventory after acquisition re-housed material to initiate processing; created a processing plan; established hierarchical series, to create finding aid. After completion I processed Joe Deal from acquisition to access.

  • §  Rehoused photographic materials including fine art prints, work prints, negatives, and slides in various collections that document the life and works of various photographers.

  • §  Assist researchers with inquiries about collection holdings. Ensured that patrons use materials appropriately in order to ensure preservation of artifacts.

    Heard Museum

  • §  Processed collections for the NEA grant Master Works Collection. This collection includes over 100 Contemporary Native artists from such mediums as pottery, weaving, silversmith works, Painting, photography and sculpture. This collection required archiving all photographic and manuscript materials documenting each artist work by arranging it, creating files and finding aids.

  • §  For the Master Works Collection, it was necessary to create multipage pdfs of exhibition catalogs. This collection is made available digitally through Argus and ContentDM.

  • §  Processed and archived over 600 slides documenting the "Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House: Honoring Native America" White House lawn installation and exhibition. Processing each artist contribution documented through 35mm slides and adding collection description to the installation finding aid.

  • §  Processed an accretion to the Jonathon Wittenberg Collection. Over 90 fine art prints from his book “Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs”. This collection was also exhibited at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock. A letter of receipt of gift was written to J. Wittenberg, the prints were processed, and the finding aid for the accretion amended.

  • §  La Posada Hotel acquisition was inventoried, letter of receipt of gift was written, items were archived physically and digitally, with photographs. Identification of origin of some items was needed.

  • §  Cataloged over 2000 photographs from the Eagle Eye Press collection and added all to the pathfinder (finding aid) of the collection.

    American Indian Film Gallery, University of Arizona

§ Researched archival films about Native American in order to ensure accurate representation of cultural heritage within metadata, establish provenance, and enable access to collections.

o Cherokee Films: Parade (Self documentation); W.W. Keeler Phillips 66 (PSA for National Congress of American Indians); The Rivers Still Flow (documentary by Alan Shilin)

o Ojibwa/Chippewa/Saulteaux Film: Bay Mills Indian Community 1 & 2 (Self Documentation); Grand Portage Reservation 1-8 (Cultural Heritage Self - Documentation)

o Oneida Film: All Tribes Indian Center (Chicago “Eye On America” program)

o Sioux: Fallen Eagle (documentary by Alan Shilin)

v Lower Sioux Film: Lower Sioux 1-5 (Cultural Heritage Self Documentation)

  • §  Created and establish descriptive tags, folksonomies, and controlled vocabulary to ensure access to researchers

  • §  Examine marginalizing dialogue in the films to reframe Native culture and lifeways more accurately

  • §  Worked in a digital environment: http://www.aifg.arizona.edu/

  • §  Presented research based on work conducted at the Film Gallery at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Annual Conference.

    Arizona Historical Society

  • §  Conducted in depth research on selected photographs in order to provide historical reference points for The Mexican Heritage Project.

  • §  Extracted metadata from the collections of the Manzo, Elias, Leon, Peyron, Aragon, Gradillas and Montiel families. My research also includes research on photos of the Felix, Laos, Flores and Esparza families. This research helped complete the information made accessible for patrons.



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Kari Quiballo
American Indian Studies PhD Candidate/Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant


Doctoral Candidate, American Indian Studies, Minor in Information
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Focus: Identity sovereignty and governance rights in U.S. archives, libraries, and museums.
Dissertation “Epistemic injustice and information governance: American Indigenous imaginaries in U.S. archives, libraries, and museums”.
Melissa L. Tatum, College of Law, University of Arizona: *Dissertation Chair
Jamie Lee, School of Information, University of Arizona: **Dissertation Minor Chair Expected date of graduation 2022.

Master of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance James E. Rogers College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program.
University of Arizona,
Tucson, AZ. Focus: Information sovereignty and repatriation expansion in colonial archives, libraries, museums, and special collections by way of semiotics in tribal law and a legal tool kit based on the Tlinget of Chilkat Indian Village at Klukwan intellectual property rights in their tribal constitution.

Miriam Jorgensen, M.P.P., Ph.D. Research Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and Native Nations Institute University of Arizona.
Stephen Cornell Ph.D. Faculty Chair
Expected date of graduation 2022

Master of Arts, Information Resources and Library Science, Dec. 2013.

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Focus: Photographic and Film Archiving, American Indian Information and Identity Issues. Othering and Identity Sovereignty: American Indians in Photographic and Film Collections of Museum’s Online Repositories.

Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Summa Cum Laude, May 2011. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Concentration Areas: Philosophy, Art History (Museum Studies), and Religious Studies.

Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, High Honors, May 2009. Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ. Focus: Photography, Philosophy, and Art History.


Dissertation Title

Epistemic injustice and information governance: American Indigenous imaginaries in U.S. archives, libraries, and museums

Courses Taught

AIS ANTH ENVS GEOG RAM RNR WFSC WSM 431A/531A Traditional Ecological Knowledge TEK Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) to Dr. Ronald Trosper 2015

      Introduces students from many disciplines to Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its relationships to the ecological and social sciences.              Students are introduced; taught to describe, utilize, and evaluate the components of TEK, compare those components with other knowledge        systems, more specifically Western formal sciences. Students do research on contemporary implementation of TEK in the sciences and                explain the relationship between TEK, resilience, and adaptive management.

AIS LAW PA 537A Nation Building (NB): Issues of Leadership, Institution-Building, Governance, and Culture GTA to Dr. Ronald Trosper 2015

      This course explores critical nation-building issues confronting indigenous peoples in North America, with a primary focus on Native peoples          in the United States. NB examines multi-dimensional settings that confront Native societies and their social, cultural, political, educational,            and economic leaders. The issues analyzed, include: education (formal and informal) from both contemporary and historical contexts                    economic development, culture and identity; and leadership and institution building. Issues, concepts, and theories examined in the course          will provide a basis for examining current Native institutions of self-government; assessing educational policies of federal, First Nation/tribal,          and state/provincial governments; analyzing how to enhance the foundational capacities for effective governance and for strategic attacks            on education, economic, and community development problems of Native nations; and augmenting leadership skills, knowledge, and abilities       for nation-building

AIS160A Many Nations of Native America Teaching Team and Teacher of Summer Session 1 2014-2015

Inculcating students with the ability to define "sovereignty" and explain its historic implications and contemporary implementations, compare and contrast the various worldviews and epistemologies of the different tribes covered in class. Students are able to identify and discuss several key issues faced by Native peoples since contact and explain how Native peoples have adapted to the changing political landscape and implemented policies of self-determination.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences