During my professional career I have published many articles, monographs, book chapters, and edited books in regard to domain-specific knowledge in the visual arts and how to test such knowledge as a form of spatial intelligence. It is my pleasure to donate a portion of these publications to the University of Colorado for future researchers exploring American Indian issues in learning. Many of these publications are listed in the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) which is a digital library for research papers. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education and is a wonderful resource for new and emerging ideas in the field of research. It is another avenue for disseminating research materials.
The reason why I chose the Center for Native American & Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) for part of this collection is because my heritage is part Santee-Yankton Sioux, and this background has affected my research and direction in life. I grew up picking prunes from the age of eight years old in the Napa Valley to pay for my first year of college, which allowed me to be the first in my family to graduate with an higher education. My father only had a fourth grade education. I grew up not knowing my heritage because of the political climate in the 1880’s which forced Native Peoples to hide their affiliations. Thus my true name “Greenleaf” was hidden for many years and the name “La Pierre” was taken through baptism. However, the influence on my life, research methods, and lecturing has just been made clear to me. My father and most of my family told stories to clarify and to illustrate a point. It seems that story telling was carried down to me and is how I have illustrated my work in general.
The following is a list of materials and publications donated on July 7, 2017.
1 – Native Peoples A to Z Encyclopedias of Indians of the Americas, 1st Edition copies, 8 volumes, 2000;
2 – First Edition Book Published by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Research Methods and Methodologies for Art Education, 1997, Sharon D. La Pierre, Co-Editor;
3 – A Journal Copy of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Research in Art Education published by USSEA, Fall 2000, Volume 18, pages 145-150, A Photo Essay of Migrant Workers with Text by Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre;
4 – Monograph Publication Juried Paper, A Portrait Study – Expression Anchored by Tradition: A Young Native American Artist’s Struggle and Growth to be Creative (Melanie Yazzie), National Art Education Association (NAEA), 1994, Sharon D. La Pierre, Listed in ERIC #ED 368 648;
5 – Monograph Publication, Using the Arts As An Educational Model for High-Risk Individuals, University of Denver, 1990, Co-Edited by Sharon D. La Pierre, Listed in ERIC #ED 329 495;
6 – Monograph Publication by Kellogg Research Center, Montana State University, 1988, Spatial Reasoning and Adults, Sharon D. La Pierre, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adult Learning Research, Listed in ERIC #ED 298 252;
7 – Monograph Publication Juried Paper, Issues of Gender in Spatial Reasoning, 1993, National Art Education Association (NAEA), Sharon D. La Pierre, Listed in ERIC #ED 358 016;
8 – Monograph Publication, The evolving Theme of Teaching Multicultural Art Education (USSEA Sponsored), 2002, Co-Edited by Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre, Listed in ERIC #ED 468 629;
9 – Monograph Publication, Research Methods and Methodologies for Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Issues in Art Education (USSEA Sponsored), 2000, Co-Edited by Sharon D. La Pierre, Listed in ERIC #ED 438-224;
10 – Monograph Publication Juried Paper, The Professional Artist’s Thinking Style: An In-Depth Study, National Art Education Association (NAEA), 1992, Sharon D. La Pierre, Listed in ERIC #ED 349 219;
11 – Book Published by the University of British Columbia, Women Art Educators V: Conversations Across Time, page 50, 2003, A Small Act of Self-Healing, Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre;
12 – International Conversations Through Art, InSEA World Congress, 2002.