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Joe Stahlman

Dr. Joe Stahlman - Skarù:ręˀ is the Director of Seneca Nation’s Seneca-Iroquois National Museum - Onöhsagwë:de’ Culture Center and Seneca Nation’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office. Joe is a scholar and researcher of Tuscarora descent. He has over 20 years of research experience working with First Peoples. His research focuses on culture and history, as well as ongoing socio-economic and health & wellness related endeavors with Native communities. He takes an active role in addressing the space Native peoples occupy in North American archaeology and cultural resource management. He regularly talks on the need to promote equity among all peoples in North American society through a number of reconciliatory processes which are inclusive for all and empowers people to express agency through creative and intellectual endeavors.

Joe is an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation. He has been a practitioner for over eleven years. Joe discovered yoga as an alternative to some of the physical fitness activities that he was doing at the time. Initially, he was leery of the practice, but quickly saw the benefits. Over time, Joe ventured deeper into the practice. He joined an ashram in southern Indiana and dove deep into meditation. His newfound yoga community consisted of a variety of practitioners from Tibetan Buddhism to the Bihar School. By the time he concluded his graduate studies, Joe had incorporated a variety of practices into his daily life. Two of his most useful practices have been breathing exercises and the use of sankalpas (personal vows). He attributes both of these exercises to his success in overcoming traumas and his success in his chosen career.