UC Santa Barbara junior Makayla Rawlins is majoring in art history and biological anthropology and minoring in American Indian and indigenous studies. This educational interest stems from the pride of her indigenous heritage linked to the Luiseño tribe.
Starting this June, Rawlins will apply her studies and love for her culture into a ten-week long internship focused on museum conservation at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Rawlins described, “My interest in museum conservation is connected to my passion for conserving native and indigenous artifacts and giving back to my community. I know that these artifacts can be stored incorrectly and handled without care, so I want to be able to take care of them with respect.” Additionally, she hopes to collect helpful information for her independent research project and senior thesis revolving Hopi Kachina dolls.
To read more about Makayla Rawlins and her Smithsonian internship in the recent The Current article, click here.