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Clinton Westman

Clinton Westman

B.A., M.E.S, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Archaeology 221
Phone: 966-4179

Keywords / Tags

  • Environmental Anthropology; Anthropology of Religion

Teaching & Supervision

Culture and Environments (graduate course)

Environmental Anthropology 

Myth, Ritual, and Symbol

Cultural Landscapes and Environments

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


I am seeking MA students in Anthropology. To date, I have accepted students to conduct ethnographic field research on regional development, energy, and politics in northern Canada.


Research Interests

Cree/Métis ethnology; western/northern Canada; Christianity; political ecology; ritual/performance; energy; impact assessment and consultation


Research Grants

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.


Book Chapters

-Forthcoming. “Aboriginal Subsistence Practices in an ‘Isolated’ Region of Northern Alberta. Forthcoming in Bringing Subsistence Out of the Shadows: Subsistence, Nature, and Economy in Historical and Contemporary Perspective. Edited by D. Bavington, J. Murton, and C. Dokis. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.


-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).


Conference Proceedings

-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.



Refereed Poster Presentation

2008. “Pentecostal conversion in Cree communities of Alberta.” Boreas Workshop: “Heading North, Heading South: Arctic social-sciences research in a global dialogue.” European Science Foundation/Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Salle), Germany.

Technical Reports

2012. A critical review of traditional land use components for environmental impact assessment studies in the oilsands region. Unpublished report prepared for Mikisew Cree First Nation and JFK Law Corporation (109 pp.).


2006. Woodland Cree migration and occupancy: an ethnohistorical study. Unpublished paper prepared for Woodland Cree First Nation (66 pp.).


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.).


Review Essay

2010. Distorting the Aboriginal Industry: Widdowson, Howard, and Their Disputants. Anthropologica 52.1: 201-6.


Book Reviews

-2011. Inuit Shamanism and Christianity: Transitions and Transformations in the Twentieth Century (Laugrand, F. and Oosten, J.). Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity 2.1: 196-200.


-2011. Mi'kmaq Landscapes: From Animism to Sacred Ecology  (Hornborg, A.-C.). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17: 422-433.


-2011. Native Christians: Modes and Effects of Christianity Among Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (Vilaça, A., and R.M. Wright, eds.). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17: 207-8. 


-2011. Navigating Neoliberalism: Self-Determination and the Mikisew Cree First Nation (Slowey, G.). The Northern Review 33: 170-173.


-2010. The Lubicon Lake Nation: Indigenous Knowledge and Power (Martin-Hill, D.). The Northern Review 32: 210-13.


-2009. Healing Through Art: Ritualized Space and Cree Identity (Ferrara, N.). Museum Anthropology 32.2: 121-2.


-2009. Hunters and Bureaucrats: Power, Knowledge and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Southwest Yukon (Nadasdy, P.). Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15.1: 184-5.  


Some Recent Research Presentations

2013.  Factors in the early success of Pentecostal missions among Cree and Métis people in isolated communities of northern Alberta. 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Chicago (invited).


2013. Le wihkôhtowin: le rôle des animaux dans un rituel des Cris des Bois (Alberta). Colloque Visions du Monde Animal. Quebec City (invited).


2013. A lover, not a fighter? The animal as friend and enemy in Cree ontology and beyond. 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Manchester, UK (invited).


2013. Round table participant. Out from the Market's Shadow: Subsistence as the Primary Concern of Environmental History. American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting. Toronto (invited).


2012. Panelist. Powers of Environmental Assessment. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. New York City (invited).


2011. On synthetic growth, crude appetites, and the problem of waste: an imaginative history of the commodity form in northern Alberta, Canada. Nature Inc.? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation International Conference. International Institute of Social Studies, Rotterdam University. The Hague, Netherlands (invited).


2011. Oil sands development and Aboriginal People in Alberta, Canada: Impacts, processes, and responses. Chaire Singleton 2011. Terres (dés)humanisées: ressources et climat. Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Prospective, Université catholique de Louvain. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique (invited).


2011. Social Impact Assessment and Treaty Rights in Oilsands Development. Mikisew Cree First Nation, Industry and Government Relations Directorate Annual Retreat. Banff (invited).