The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is pleased to announce that we are seeking applicants for the position of Plains Indian Museum Curator. The Plains Indian Museum Curator is not only a conscientious advocate for the physical and cultural integrity of the Plains Indian Museum collections, but a collaborative leader working with ideas, people, and programs in advancing the Center’s mission to “Share the Stories of the American West.” In this exciting role, the Curator represents the Plains Indian Museum in its interactions with the public, tribal communities, partners, researchers, supporters, the Center’s members and its Board of Trustees, and the Plains Indian Museum Advisory Board to build reputation and relationships. The Advisory Board was founded in 1976 as the first museum Advisory Board to include tribal members as representatives.
As part of the Center’s Curatorial team, the position shares accurate, innovative, and engaging information through diverse media including exhibitions, outreach programs, and events, and participates in planning and fundraising for these and other Center initiatives. The Curator serves as the Center’s NAGPRA representative and leads the development and stewardship of the collections with awareness of cultural and spiritual considerations.
The Center features five museums and a research library and fosters an atmosphere of collegiality and inclusion among curatorial disciplines and the Interpretive Education Department. The Center is actively engaged in Strategic Planning and has established a Diversity Task Force to strengthen its long-term goal of epitomizing a forward moving and culturally relevant organization. As an emerging resource for Wyoming’s Indian Education for All initiative, the Center strongly supports work with external partners to further the inclusion of American Indian cultural histories in state and national curricula.
We welcome candidates with a master’s degree in the fields of Native Art History, Anthropology, Native American Studies or History, with detailed knowledge and experience with Native cultures, arts, histories, and historical to contemporary collections. Experiences within a cultural heritage institution as a content specialist and supervisor who excels at synergizing people, collections, and ideas are key.