Shana Bushyhead Condill

Shana Bushyhead Condill

Shana Bushyhead Condill

U.S. History: Native history, public history, and museum studies

Shana Bushyhead Condill is a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and a first year Ph.D. student at George Mason University. Condill currently serves as the Executive Director of the Museum of the Cherokee People, the tribal museum of the EBCI. 

Condill has worked in the museum and cultural field for over twenty years and is committed to cultivating Native representation and self-representation in public spaces. 

Condill was most recently at the National Gallery of Art, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and The 200 Acres, a sixth-generation farm in central Illinois. Presently, Condill serves on the board of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and was appointed to the North Carolina Historical Commission. Condill advocates for the intentional combining of mainstream best practices with Native best practices in cultural preservation. 

Selected Publications

"The Dust on Our Feet" in The Land Carries Our Ancestors: Contemporary Art by Native Americans, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023.

"The Dust on Our Feet: Native Artists and Their Ties to This Land," National Gallery of Art Story, September 05, 2023.

Education

Master of Arts in history and museum studies, University of Delaware, 2000

Bachelor of Arts in history and English, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1999

  • Thesis: "Listening to the Native Voice: Museums as a Medium in Correcting Native American Stereotypes"

In the Media

Lilly Knoepp and Laura Pellicer, "North Carolina institutions continue to hold the remains of more than 1,200 Native Americans," July 25, 2023, for Blue Ridge Public Radio.

Frances Figart, "Word from the Smokies: Museum of the Cherokee Indian honors ancestors by removing sacred objects," December 10, 2022, in Asheville Citizen Times

Holly Kays, "After removing sensitive objects, Cherokee museum fills cases with artistic responses, "September 14, 2022, in Smoky Mountain News