John is Curator of Native Arts at Denver Art Museum where he conducts and presents scholarly research, develops exhibitions, collects Native arts, disseminates knowledge of the Denver Art Museum’s American Indian, African, and Oceanic collections, and is also responsible for DAM’s collaboration with Native American communities and the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). His specialty is historic American Indian arts from the Plains region, as well as contemporary art by American Indian artists. He conducted his doctoral fieldwork with Southern Cheyenne moccasin makers. Before joining the Museum in 2012, he received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to this, Dr. Lukavic earned an MA in Museum Science from Texas Tech University.