Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Vice Chair
- Parent Category: NCWHS Board of Directors
Sherrie Smith-Ferri, a recognized authority on Pomo Indian peoples and their basketry, has extensively researched collections of Pomo material culture and ethnographic manuscripts in museums and archives across the country. Of California Indian descent herself (Dry Creek Pomo/Bodega Miwok), Dr. Smith-Ferri has authored a number of scholarly articles on this subject, consulted on, or curated exhibitions for numerous institutions including the Heard Museum, the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and the Museum of the American Indian, the Oakland Museum of California, the California Exhibition Resource Alliance, the California State Indian Museum, the California Indian Heritage Center, the Crocker Art Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Sherrie Smith-Ferri received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology (1998) from the University of Washington. She is currently Director of the Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House in Ukiah, California, a position she has held for nearly a decade. This small interdisciplinary regional museum and historic home focuses on the legacy of the Carpenter-Hudson family, encompassing early California art, Pomo Indian culture, regional history, early photography, the American Arts and Crafts period, and the women’s suffrage movement.