Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, "Native Bound, Unbound: Archive of the Indigenous Enslaved."

Air Dates: April 9-11, 2022

This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, historian, cultural anthropologist, and former New Mexico State Historian, discussing his current project “Native Bound, Unbound: Archive of the Indigenous Enslaved."

His project, “Native Bound, Unbound Archive of the Indigenous Enslaved,” has received a $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation. The project intends to build a digital repository that is part-database, so the public will be able to identify the names, the dates, the artifacts of indigenous people who were enslaved from 1495, all the way to the 20th century.

Rael-Galvez is gathering documents, photos, stories, artifacts, to be made accessible through a digital portal. The story of the indigenous enslaved extends far beyond New Mexico, to include a hemispheric and global scope.

Dr. Rael-Galvez has nearly two decades of experience as a senior executive, strategist and scholar with a range of public and private sector entities. Having received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, his academic training is in cultural anthropology, history, and literature.

Rael-Galvez served as the State Historian of New Mexico from 2001-2009, Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center from 2009-2011, Senior Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 2011-2014, and as founder and director of Creative Strategies 360 Degrees from 2014 to the present.