Professor earns award for advancing Native American artistic expressions

For her work on Native American cultures and art, anthropology professor Rebecca J. Dobkins is receiving the 29th annual Earle A. Chiles Award.

Dobkins is the curator of Native American collections at Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art. According to a news release from the Oregon High Desert Museum in Bend, Dobkins is being recognized for advancing the exchange of artistic expressions through exhibits, publications and educational programs.

Her award comes with a $15,000 prize from the Chiles Foundation, which she is using to complete her book, "The Art of Ceremony: Regalia of Native Oregon." The book is an outgrowth of an exhibition by the same name, which she organized at the Hallie Ford Museum in 2008.

Dobkins is writing the book in collaboration with members of the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon. It celebrates the artistry of ceremonial regalia as it is used today.

She is receiving the award at the Earle A. Chiles Award Banquet in Portland on Dec. 4.