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Joe Baker

Joe Baker is an artist, educator, curator, and culture bearer who has been working in the field of Native Arts for the past thirty years. He is an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma as well as co-founder and Executive Director of Lenape Center in Manhattan. He is a member of the Simon Whiteturkey family and direct line descendent of White Eyes, Lenape War Chief, who negotiated the first treaty with the new United States in 1778, to establish an all-Lenape 14th state with representation in Congress. Baker is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Mailman’s School of Public Health in New York and was recently a Visiting Professor of Museum Studies at Colorado College. He serves as a board member for the Endangered Language Fund, CUNY. He is also on the Advisory Committee for the National Public Art Consortium, New York and is the cultural advisor for the new CBS Series, “Ghosts.” Baker graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BFA degree in Design, an MFA in painting and drawing, and he completed postgraduate study at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, in the MDP Program. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and numerous other museums and collections in the US and Canada. 

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