Master’s candidate and cultural anthropologist Kiley E. Molinari was awarded the student paper prize March 29th at the 66th Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference held in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Molinari’s paper, Adapt and Adopt: Apsaalooke’ (Crow) Beadwork and Regalia from the 19th Century to Today, looks at enculturation and adaptation among the Apsaalooke’ through contemporary and traditional uses of beadwork and powwow regalia. In fitting with the conference theme–Anthropology Because It Matters– Ms. Molinari shows how beading continues to serve the cultural continuity of the Crow. While techniques and traditional designs have remained virtually unchanged since pre-reservation, Molinari observes that a modernization of beadwork patterns is taking place with young beaders.
The Student paper prize includes a cash prize of $150 and publication in the Journal for Northwest Anthropology. The AGSC looks forward to reading the published version of Ms. Molinari’s paper!