B.A., M.E.S, Ph.D.
Office: Archaeology 221
Teaching & Supervision
Anth 806: Culture and Environment (graduate seminar)
Anth 329: Environmental Anthropology
Anth 321: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
Anth 240: Cultural Landscapes and Environments
Anth 111: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
I am seeking MA students in Anthropology. To date, I have supervised students conducting ethnographic field research on regional development, energy, and politics in northern Canada. I am also interested in supervising MA ethnographic research on local environmental practices, problems and solutions.
Cree/Métis ethnology; western/northern Canada; ritual; political ecology; energy; impact assessment and consultation
2011-2014: Insight Development Grant. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Social impact assessment and Aboriginal traditional land use in Canada's oilsands.
2006-2012: Jacobs Fund research grants. Whatcom Museum Foundation, Bellingham, WA. Field research on Cree religious discourse.
2012-2017: European Research Council. Arctic Domus: Emplacing Human-Animal Relationships in the Circumpolar North (Team Member; David G. Anderson, University of Aberdeen, Principal Investigator)
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
-2013. “Social Impact Assessment and the Anthropology of the Future in Canada’s Tar Sands.” Human Organization 72.2: 111-120.
-2013. “Cautionary Tales: Making and Breaking Community in the Oil Sands Region.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 38.2: 211-232.
-2013. “Pentecostalism and Indigenous Culture in Northern North America.” Anthropologica 55: 141-156.
-2011. “Contemporary Studies of Ritual in Anthropology and Related Disciplines.” Reviews in Anthropology 40: 210-231.
-2006. “Assessing the Impacts of Oilsands Development on Indigenous Peoples in Alberta, Canada.” Indigenous Affairs 2-3/06:30-39.
-2012. “Faith in God’s Temple: Ritual Discourse and Practice in a Cree Pentecostal Congregation.” Pp. 355-386 in Dynamiques religieuses des autochtones des Amériques/ Religious Dynamics of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. Edited by M.-P. Bousquet and R.R. Crépeau. Paris: Karthala.
-2010. “Pentecostalism among Aboriginal People: a Political Movement?” Pp. 85-110 in The Liberating Spirit: Pentecostals and Social Action in North America. Edited by M. Wilkinson and S. Studebaker. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock (Pickwick).
-2012. “Cree Pentecostalism and Its Others.” Pp. 395-418 in Papers of the Fortieth Algonquian Conference. Edited by K.S. Hele and J.R. Valentine. Albany: State University of New York Press.
-2010. “The Making of Isolated Communities in the Lesser Slave Lake Interior, Alberta.” Pp. 223-241 in Papers from the Rupert's Land Colloquium 2008. Edited by M.A. Lindsay and M.A Richard. Winnipeg: Centre for Rupert's Land Studies, University of Winnipeg.
-2009. “A Missionary Tour North from Wabasca, Alberta: 1907.” Pp. 634-651 in Proceedings of the 39th Algonquian Conference. Edited by K.S. Hele and R. Darnell. London: University of Western Ontario.
McDowell, M., C. Down, T. Keatings, J. Bruneau, K. Deonandan, B. Noble, R. Patrick, G. Poelzer, and C. Westman. 2012. Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan 2012: Sustainable Resource Development. Saskatoon: Social Science Research Laboratories, University of Saskatchewan (13 pp.).