Employment \\ Native American Fellowship Program


I have people behind me I can lean on. It's not all about me figuring everything out. It's about us figuring everything out together. And I'm very excited for that.
- Rachel Allen (Nez Perce), Summer Fellow 2017


An Enduring Community

Because we understand the importance mentorship plays at every stage of a person's career, Alumni experience an ongoing relationship of conscious mentoring, networking, and other programming opportunities through annual gatherings, continued communication, and intraweb access to exclusive NAF/PEM resources.

We all need to know we have someone behind us to help figure things out. NAF Alumni find a second home in Salem as part of the Peabody Essex family. Mentoring begins at PEM and continues through PEM.

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Advancing with Self-Determination

NAF Alumni find themselves embracing an active indigenous presence in their communities and careers. The program supports them in sharing their experiences and current projects with Fellows during webinars and workshop sessions, and emboldens them to contribute to the museum and cultural heritage fields through publication, conference presentations, intellectual discussions, and through practical project implementation.

I'm leaving with more confidence, independence, and capable of leadership…I feel so impassioned going out into the museum world.
- Felicia Garcia (Samala Chumash) Summer Fellow 2017
Imagining the Future

Whether the work they create is localized in their home community, or at a large institution, NAF alumni become fore-thinkers, visionaries, and people of pro-action. Their work and their voices make us proud.

I just came back from Dublin in Ireland from presenting my research. I never would have done that before coming to PEM.
- Meranda Roberts (Paiute), Summer Fellow 2016. Quote taken during a return visit to PEM.