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Meranda Owens

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Integrative Research Center

Meranda is Northern Paiute and Mexican-American American. She earned her PhD at the University of California, Riverside in Native American Studies. Her doctoral work focused on how several Native women basket weavers have used basketry to express their sovereignty.

Meranda is at the Field Museum as Post Doctoral Fellow for the Native American Hall renovation. She is working with Dr. Alaka Wali on researching potential stories that could be told in the new exhibit, as well as providing feedback on how the museum can work more seamlessly with Native people around the country. Meranda is dedicated to having Native people tell their own stories and to fix the inaccurate portrayals that people have about indigenous societies.