My research focuses on various aspects of First Nations visual art and material culture, media, and performance on the Northwest Coast of North America, both historically and today. Themes recurring in my work include colonialism and indigenous modernities, cultural brokerage and translation, the politics of intercultural exchange and display, discourses of tradition and heritage management, and cultural and intellectual property. My dissertation, along with a companion film, In Search of the Hamat’sa: A Tale of Headhunting, examines the ethnographic representation and performance history of the Hamat’sa or “Cannibal Dance” of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) of British Columbia. In Fall 2010, I curated, along with my students, the 2011 Bard Graduate Center Focus Gallery exhibit, “Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast.” Current projects include collaborating with the U’mista Cultural Centre to restore and present Edward Curtis’s 1914 silent film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, and to create a critical, annotated, digital edition of Franz Boas’s pioneering 1897 monograph on the Kwakwaka’wakw culture.

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Selected Recent Publications

Editor, with Brad Evans, Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: Edward S. Curtish, the Kwakwaka’wakw, and the Making of Modern Cinema. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.

“Indigenous Ontologies, Digital Futures: Plural Provenances and the Kwakwaka’wakw collection in Berlin and Beyond.” In Museum as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges, edited by Raymond Silverman, 19-44. London: Routledge, 2015.

Editor, Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast. New York: Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Art, Design History, Material Culture; Distributed by Yale University Press, 2011.

Author, with Aldona Jonaitis, The Totem Pole: An Intercultural History. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010.

“A Cannibal in the Archive: Performance, materiality, and (in)visibility in unpublished Edward Curtis photographs of the Hamat’sa.” Visual Anthropology Review 25 (2) (2009): 128-49.

“Frozen Poses: Hamat’sa dioramas, recursive representation, and the making of a Kwakwaka’wakw icon.” In Photography, Anthropology, and History: Expanding the Frame, edited by Christopher Morton and Elizabeth Edwards, 89-116. London: Ashgate Press, 2009.

“Crests on Cotton: ‘Souvenir’ T-shirts and the materiality of remembrance among the Kwakwaka’wakw of British Columbia.” Museum Anthropology 31(1) (2008), 1-18.

Selected Courses

730 The Social Lives of Things: The Anthropology of Art and Material Culture

740 Native Arts of the Northwest Coast

795 Exhibiting Culture/s: Anthropology In and Of the Museum

863 Objects of Colonial Encounter

877 Picturing Things: Photography as Material Culture

882 Ethnography and the Material World

922 In the Footsteps of Franz Boas: Native Arts of the North Pacific and the Legacy of the Jesup Expedition