Robert K. Hitchcock, PhD
Robert is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. As an anthropologist and human ecologist, he studies socioeconomic change among foraging and agropastoral populations, primarily in Africa and resettled African and Middle Eastern refugee populations in the U. S.
Over past thirty four years, he has worked for the governments of Botswana, Somalia and Swaziland, the World Bank, USAID and the Southern African Development Community. His research interests include human rights, indigenous peoples, international social and economic development, hunter-gatherers, refugees Africa, Middle East, and native North America.
Robert is a founding member of the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the executive committee of the Kalahari Peoples Fund.
Patrick Burke, Media artist
Patrick Burke became an artist in 1977. His artwork is in private collections in Europe and the US. In 1991 Patrick was the first American artist to have an exhibit in East Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in Kulturhaus Treptow. In 1995 as part of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the Potsdam Coference in Potsdam, Germany, Patrick exhibited digitally altered images that were placed in 160 light boxes at tram and bus stops throughout Potsdam, these images included images from the historical archives and personal images of the people of Potsdam that formed the basis of digital collages. This experience has led Patrick to explore the use of computer technology as a means of reinvigorating cultural mythology and expression, so that the ancient creativity of indigenous cultures resonate in the digital age.
“Celebrate Life – The San Bushmen of the Kalahari” in 2007, is an example of how Patrick clearly understood how his interests and abilities fit with the Tribal Trust’s goals of “working to preserve the living arts of indigenous people. ” The Santa Barbara Museum of Art supported his efforts for bringing awareness of the Tribal Trust and the video by producing a hand bag designed by Patrick with his artwork that included the video.
Patricia Jacobs, Co-founder
Patricia has a rich background in fundraising for educational and artistic ventures. Her artistic frame of reference stems from her studies in sculpture, ceramics and art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in London, England. She was a founder of the Tallahassee Art Museum, the Tallahassee Symphony Guild and a board member of the Museum of Florida History. Most recently, she was the owner and president of Morton Jacobs Jewelers in Amelia Island working with designers to market original pieces of jewelry. Currently, Patricia serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Preservation Institute in Nantucket, Massachusetts.