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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.


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.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, reading, hiking.


Edith Ilene St. Clair

George Elgin Tisdale