Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole/Muscogee/Dine’)

Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie

Position Title

2409 Hart Hall


UC Davis appointment 2004, Department of Native American Studies

2409 Hart Hall • email:

Director, C.N. Gorman Museum 

C.N. Gorman Museum website • 1316 Hart Hall • 530-752-6567

Research Interests: Visual Sovereignty, Photography, Video, Serigraphy, Traditional Native American Techniques

Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
B.F.A., Painting, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
M.F.A., Studio Arts, U.C. Irvine, Irvine, CA, 2002

Undergraduate Courses 

  • NAS 12 Native American/Indigenous Film
  • NAS 34 Native American Art Workshop
  • NAS H34 Honors Native American Art Workshop
  • NAS 101 Contemporary Indian Art
  • NAS 194HA/194HB Special Studies for Honors Students
  • NAS 198 Directed Group Study for Undergraduates
  • NAS 199 Special Studies for Advanced Undergraduates

Graduate Courses

  • NAS 233 Visual Sovereignty
  • NAS 237 Native American Art Collections and Museums
  • NAS 298 Group Study for Graduate Students
  • NAS 299 Special Study for Graduate Students
  • NAS 396 Teaching Assistant Training Practicum
  • PFS 299D Dissertation Research

Selected Publications

  • 2009, Lidchi, H. and Tsinhnahjinnie, H.J. (eds.), Visual Currencies: Native American Photography, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.
  • 2007, Tsinhnahjinnie, H.J. and Passalacqua, V. (eds.), Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photography, Heyday Books, Berkeley.
  • 2003, Tsinhnahjinnie, H. J., “When is a Photograph Worth a Thousand Words?”, Photography's Other Histories. C. Pinney and N. Peterson. Duke University Press, Durham and London: 40-52.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019, "Contemporary Traces on Ancient Land," Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2018, "Witnessing Resurgence: Portraits of Resilience," CSU-Sacramento, Library Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 2017-2018, "VOICE," Indigenous Art Gallery, Maidu Museum. Roseville, CA
  • 2015-2016, "Interwoven: Indigenous Contemporary," Thacher Gallery, University San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013-2014, "Generation Nexus: Peace in the Post-war Era," Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012, "50/50: Fifty Artist, Fifty Years", Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2011, "Double Vision, New Works by H. J. Tsinhnahjinnie", Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 
  • 2010, "Unfixed: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art", Center for Contemporary Art, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
  • 2009,  "Kill the Man, Save the Indian", Foto Art Festival, Bielsko, Poland
  • 2008, "Visual Sovereignty: International Indigenous Photography", C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 2007, "Mai Ka PIKO Mai: Gathering of Indigenous Artists", Outrigger Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, West Hawai’I Culture Center, Hilo and the Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI.
  • 2006-2018, "Our People, Our Land, Our Images", Traveling exhibition, C.N. Gorman Museum, UC Davis, 
  • 2005, "Land, Peoples, Identities", International Center of Bethlehem, Dar Annadwa Addawliya, Bethlehem, Palestine.
  • 2004, "Public/Private: Tumatanui/Tumataiti The 2nd Auckland Triennial", Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, Aotearoa.                                                           
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