Keynote Speakers

In order of appearance: 



Ramiro Matos - bio foto

Ramiro Matos

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
11:30 – 12:30 pm, November 8th

Dr. Matos was born in Junín, Peru and is now an anthropologist and archaeologist who holds a Doctorate in South American and Andean Archaeology from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. His expertis is in the development of indigenous cultures of ancient Peru, beginning with Pre-Ceramic societies and extending to the Inca. Ramiro has authored numerous books and articles on the subject and has taught in universities in Peru, the United States, Denmark, and Germany. Currently Ramiro serves as curator in the Office for Latin America with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. His latest project has been work as the lead curator for The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire exhibit which will be open until June 1st, 2018 at the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C.



Carmella Padilla

A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm, November 8th

Carmella Padilla of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a journalist, author, and editor who frequently explores intersections in art, culture, and history. She has published extensively, including in the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, and American Craft, and has written several books, including The Work of Art: Folk Artists in the 21st Century; El Rancho de las Golondrinas: Living History in New Mexico’s La Ciénega Valley; Low ‘n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico; and The Chile Chronicles: Tales of a New Mexico Harvest. Padilla co-edited and contributed to A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World (Skira Rizzoli, 2015), winner of the College Art Association’s 2017 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for distinguished scholarship in art history. She also served as guest co-curator of the related 2015 Museum of International Folk Art exhibition The Red That Colored the World. Padilla received the 2009 New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the state’s highest artistic honor.




Ann Pollard Rowe

Keynote Presentation to Be Confirmed
9:00 – 9:30 am, November 9th

Ann spent more than three decadeds as Curator of Western Hemisphere textiles at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. Currently she is a Research Associate at The Textile Museum. Ann is recognized as an expert and authority on textiles of the New World and has been a frequent contributor and editor of The Textile Museum Journal. Her extensive research on the Western Hemisphere collections of The Textile Museum has included studies of style, design, structure and textile classification and terminology. She has published extensively on Peruvian, Ecuadorian, and Guatemalan textiles.  



Doris Robles

Keynote Presentation to Be Confirmed
9:30 – 10:00 am, November 9th

Doris Robles, from Peru, has a license in journalism and a masters degree from the Universidad San Martin de Porras. She began working with the Museo Amano Foundation in 1978, guiding visitors and assisting in conservation and restoration of the museum’s collection of pre-Columbian textiles. She later assumed the principal curator position at Museo Amano where she managed the collection and catalogued the pieces. Today Doris oversees the Museo Amano’s administration.




Wade Davis - bio foto

Wade Davis

Keynote Presentation to Be Confirmed 
9:00  – 10:00 am, November 10th

Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Author of 20 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the NGS. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration, and the 2015 Centennial Medal of Harvard University. In 2016 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.



Roger Valencia - bio foto

Roger Valencia

Facing Globalization: Where do Traditional Textiles Go From Here?
9:00 – 10:00 am, November 11th 

Rodger currently serves as the Peruvian Vice Minister of Tourism and director of Andean Lodges, a local pioneer in sustainable tourism with a focus on supporting communities and ecosystems. Previous to his current post, Rodger served as president of the Cámara de Comercio in Cusco. With over 32 years working with local communities around the sacred mountain Ausangate, Roger will present on Weaving the Future and how we can create an inclusive space for traditional textiles on a global stage.