WENDY TEETER, PH.D., RPA

Since 1997, Dr. Teeter has managed the curation and care for over 1.5 million artifacts from federal, state, tribal, and private lands at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), ensuring compliance with federal curation and cultural resource laws such as 36CFR79 and conducting NAGPRA research, analysis, and repatriation.

Her NAGPRA duties include preparing documents supporting cultural affiliation, drafting and submitting NAGPRA inventories, summaries, notices, consultation with National NAGPRA, as well as preparing and packaging Ancestral remains and NAGPRA Items to Tribal cultural protocols prior to transfer and reburial. Her Fowler Museum has also included training and supervising hundreds of students, staff, and volunteers during the completion of standard curatorial and NAGPRA tasks.

Dr. Teeter has also provided guidance on curation practices and NAGPRA compliance to many agencies, museums, and tribes throughout California and sits as the Chair of the Society for California Archaeology Curation Committee. Dr. Teeter was also appointed to the UC President’s Native American Advisory Council and was also instrumental in reviewing and providing feedback on the draft Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation Policy. In 2018, Dr. Teeter was awarded the Honored One Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Tribal representatives nominated her based on her decades of extraordinary work as an advocate on behalf of Tribes, and a partner and collaborator with Tribal community members on a number of different projects.

Dr. Teeter received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida.