As an anthropological archaeologist, I study the long term history of Native Americans and First Nations of the Northwest Coast of North America, focusing on Tlingit and Haida and their ancestors. My 2011 book, Northwest Coast: Archaeology as Deep History (SAA Press) moves beyond standard culture historical treatments to re-evaluate new archaeological data on the Northwest Coast within their larger socio-political contexts. With Aubrey Cannon (McMaster University), I co-edited The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries, which brought together studies from Alaska and British Columbia south to Puget Sound (2011 University of Alaska Press). My current field and laboratory research in Alaska concerns how use of animals is foundational to the cultural identity and heritage of indigenous groups, and how zooarchaeology can contribute knowledge to improve fish and wildlife management and simultaneously support Alaska Natives in their contemporary practices.

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