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Shelby Jo-Anne Tisdale

Shelby Jo-Anne Tisdale, museum director, consultant.


  • Tisdale, Shelby Jo-Anne was born on October 25, 1950 in London, Canada. Daughter of Edith Ilene St. Clair and George Elgin Tisdale.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Anthropology, Southwest Archeology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1980. Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Museum Studies, University of Washington, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1997.


    • Museum consultant Ilwaco Heritage Foundation, Washington, 1983. Assistant collections manager School of America Research, Santa Fe, 1984—1985. Museum anthropologist, assistant current natural science Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1985—1987.

      Instructor anthropology University California Extension, Riverside, 1986—1987. Chief current Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, 1987—1989. Teaching associate University Arizona, 1990—1993, summer session faculty, 1991—1995.

      Tribal mus technical assistant consultant Arizona State Museum, 1991. Adjunct faculty anthropology Pima Community College, Tucson, 1992—1997. Museum planning consultant Cocopah Indian Tribe, Somerton, 1993—1996.

      Associate faculty Arizona Western College, Yuma, 1994. Independent contractor United Research Services/Dames and Moore, 1996, contractor, 1997—2001. Current, native american art Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, 1999—2002.

      Executive director Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, 2002—2005. Director Museum Indian Arts and Culture/Lab of Anthropology, Santa Fe, since 2005. Museum planning consultant Ilwaco Heritage Foundation, Washington, 1983, Cocopah Indian Tribe, Somerton, 1993—1997.

      Consultant United Research Services/Dames & Moore, Phoenix, 1997—2001.


    • Contributor articles to publications.


    Member Northern New Mexico Cultural Arts Celebration Committee, 2002—2003, Taos Spring Arts Celebration Committee, 2002—2005. Board member New Mexico committee National Museum Women in Arts, since 2004. Volunteer Peace Corps, 1980—1981.

    Fellow: Society for Applied Anthropology. Member: New Mexico Association Museums, Mountain Plains Museum Association (board member-at-large since 2005), American Anthropological Association (associate), Council for Museum Anthropology (secretary 1988-1990), AAM, Rotary International.



    Travel, reading, hiking.

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    Born October 25, 1950
    (age 66)
    • 1980
      Southwest Archeology
    • 1985
      Museum Studies
    • 1997
      University of Arizona
    • 1983
      Museum consultant, Ilwaco Heritage Foundation
      Washington, United States
    • 1984 - 1985
      assistant, collections manager School of American Research
      Santa Fe, Argentina, Argentina
    • 1986 - 1987
      instructor, anthropology University California Extension
      Riverside, New Jersey, United States
    • 1987 - 1989
      chief cur. Millicent Rogers Museum
      Taos, New Mexico, United States
    • 1990 - 1993
      teaching associate, University Arizona
    • 1991 - 1995
      teaching associate, University Arizona
    • 1991
      tribal mus technical assistant, consultant Arizona State Museum
    • 1992 - 1997
      adjunct faculty anthropology Pima Community College
      Tucson, Arizona, United States
    • 1993 - 1996
      museum planning consultant, Cocopah Indian Tribe
      Somerton, Arizona, United States
    • 1994
      associate, faculty Arizona Western College
      Yuma, Arizona, United States
    • 1999 - 2002
      Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
    • 2002 - 2005
      executive, director Millicent Rogers Museum
      Taos, New Mexico, United States
    • 2005
      director, Museum Indian Arts and Culture/Lab of Anthropology
      Santa Fe, Argentina, Argentina
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