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Anthropology grad students receive prominent awards

Two NMSU graduate students were awarded scholarships from the Society for American Archaeology, which only awards two to four National Science Foundation Scholarships for Archaeological Training each year, for 2022 and 2023. The scholarships support a training or research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs. 

Anastasia Walhovd is a member of the Redcliffe Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, but prefers to be known as Ojibwe. She will research the history of the Pageant Tavern, a hotel where workers, including her great-grandfather, were primarily Ojibwe.

Keely Yanito, who is Navajo, researches the connections between tribal tattooing and patterns of ceramic and rock art among Native peoples in the Southwest.

For Walhovd, a master’s degree in anthropology will not only help her learn more about her own history but also pursue a career in cultural resource management. Yanito plans to pursue a Ph.D. to support a career in archaeology and cultural resource management.



Yanito and Walhovd