Rayette Matin graduated from UNLV with a M.A. in 2010. She is the co-founder and serves as the Executive Director for the Nevadan for Cultural Preservation. Ms. Martin is also a contractor for the Nevada SHPO.
On the Spring of 2021 we reached out to our alumni to ask what they were doing after graduating from UNLV with an Anthropology graduate degree. This was the response:
1. Where are you now?
I am still in Las Vegas. I received my MA in Anthropology from UNLV in 2010. I focused my studies on Cultural Anthropology. Now, I consider myself a public archaeologist and cultural resource preservation advocate. I wear many hats including executive director of Nevadans for Cultural Preservation, which I co founded in 2013, and contractor for the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office.
2. Current research/projects?
Right now, I am working on a grant proposal to develop an OHV Cultural Resource Preservation Ambassador program in Southern Nevada. I am also doing research and writing a Handbook and 10-Year Plan for the Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation’s grant program. Hopefully, I will be assisting with a graffiti removal project at a rock writing (petroglyph and pictograph) site in Lincoln County.
3. What do you do for fun or to unwind in these days of COVID?
Luckily during COVID I have been able to work from home and take my family with me when I need to do any travel for fieldwork. Arts and crafts have also been a fun way to spend down time. I’ve been on a painting kick which helps keep my graffiti camouflage techniques fresh.