CAHSS Staff Interview: Anne Amati
Get to know NAGPRA Coordinator for the Department of Anthropology and Staff Committee President Anne Amati
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Anne Amati, NAGPRA coordinator and Staff Committee president
Q: Would you like to be famous? In what way?
A: No. I like doing good, meaningful work that has a big impact, but I prefer to do it in support of others.
Q: If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
A: To not worry so much.
Q: What are the films or television series that you’ve been watching?
A: I recently started watching a British show called "Money for Nothing" in which the host saves items from the trash and refurbishes or reimagines them to make them salable. I love making stuff from other stuff and I appreciate reusing materials to keep them from the landfill. I enjoy going to thrift stores and finding treasures I can use or make stuff of.
Q: What do you appreciate most in a coworker?
A: A positive attitude and the ability to solve problems.
Q: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned in the last six months?
A: That I am ready to be a leader.
Q: What’s your proudest accomplishment?
A: Currently, it is that I co-authored a chapter in THE textbook for museum collections management on NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) set to come out this spring.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about DU?
A: Support for intellectual curiosity and personal growth.
Q: What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
A: Making stuff in my sewing room. Currently I’m doing an embroidery of a succulent floral arrangement and making curtains and upholstered cornice boards for my living room. Recently I made some stuffed gnomes, reusable Christmas bags for wrapping presents in. I would love to make a quilt in the future — I’ve done a few small baby quilts and a t-shirt quilt before but I want to do more pieced work.