by Rachael Bogema
One aspect of particular pride at Chucalissa is the quality of our interns. As you have heard time and time again, we are incredibly lucky to have bright and motivated interns who help bring new projects to the table, as well as make progress on long term projects at the museum. Below are two interns who are doing great things at Chucalissa!
Nur Abdalla is a junior at The University of Memphis, currently pursuing degrees in Anthropology and Japanese- she comes to Chucalissa as an intern through the Anthropology Department. Nur’s internship is twofold. She is helping to finish the long and tedious process of cataloging our library collections. Nur is also working on the development of a “Chucalissa” patch for Girl Scouts to earn when they come to the museum. She is also initiating development of a regional Girl Scouts badge geared towards Native American and local archaeology. As a result of this patch development, Nur has collaborated with museum staff and the regional Girl Scout council to organize a special Girl Scouts event at Chucalissa on November 3, 2012!
When Nur is not interning at Chucalissa, working on her studies, or volunteering with the Girls Scouts, she can be found cooking, sewing, writing, or playing video games! After graduation Nur plans on obtaining her Masters degree in Anthropology and Museum Studies. One of her goals is to teach Japanese in both elementary and secondary education. An avid traveller, Nur hopes to one day visit Malaysia, Japan, and many of the U.S. National Parks.
Tinisia Branch is a senior at the University of Memphis, currently pursuing a degree in Sociology- she comes to Chucalissa as an intern through the University’s Summer Access and Diversity internship program. Tinisia spent her summer cataloging the museum’s photographic collection. This involves “tagging” photos, or researching and listing information on the photo, entering the photo into a coding system, and preparing the photographs to eventually be scanned and curated to nest standards and practices. Tinisia has developed a process of coding and organizing that will allow the entire collection to eventually be digitized and utilized by the museum’s communities.
Tinisia states that her internship “is about preserving history. It is very important that cultures are given the opportunity to learn about their heritage. If it isn’t able to be passed down through stories, then it’s nice to have visual aids. That is what I do at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. I am helping to preserve visual history of the Native American Culture.”
Once Tinisia’s internship is complete she plans to graduate in 2013 and continue pursuing advanced degrees in Sociology. She hopes to one day become a Sociology professor. When not pursuing academics, Tinisia Enjoys reading, planning parties, and spending time with her family.
Rachael Bogema is the Administrative Associate at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa