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Kathryn Labelle PhD, Ohio State University

Department Head, Professor

Department Head of History
Faculty Member in History

Arts 617

Research Area(s)

  • Wendat Studies
  • Indigenous History
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Indigenous North America
  • Indigenous Women

About me

Dr. Kathryn Labelle is an Associate Professor of Indigenous history in North America at the University of Saskatchewan and an honorary member of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas. Her research centres on the Wendat/Wyandot/Huron communities with particular interest in settler colonialism, Indigenous identity and the experiences of women from the seventeenth century to the present. In addition to publishing articles on Wendat child-rearing, warfare, and leadership, Labelle is the author of the award-winning book Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth Century Wendat People (UBC Press, 2013). She also co-edited with Thomas Peace From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migration, and Resilience, 1650-1900 (UO Press, 2016). Her latest book publication, in collaboration with the Wendat/Wandat Women's Advisory Council, is entitled: Daughters of Aataentsic: Life Stories from Seven Generations (MQUP, 2021). She is currently the co-editor of Ethnohistory, the flagship journal for the American Society for Ethnohistory.



Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat Diaspora (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013). * French Translation LE PARI DE LA DISPERSION. UNE HISTOIRE DES OUENDATS AU 17E. (Montreal: PU Laval, 2014).


Georges E. Sioui and Kathryn Magee Labelle, “The Wendat-Algonquian Alliance: A Case Study of Circular Societies,” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 34:1 (Spring 2014): 1-13.

“‘to live and die with them:’ Wendat Reactions to ‘Worldly’ Rhetoric in The Land of The Dead,” in C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa and Jim J. Buss, eds. Beyond Two Worlds (Fall 2014, SUNY Press) 15-37.

“Faire La Chaudière: The Wendat Feast of Souls, 1636” in French and Indians in the Heart of North America, 1630-1815 ed. Robert Englebert and Guillaume Teasdale (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013) 1-20.

Carolyn Podruchny and Kathryn Magee Labelle. “Jean de Brébeuf and the Wendat Voices of Seventeenth-Century New France,” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme, Volume 34, no. 1-2 (Fall 2011-Winter 2012): 97-126.

“House and Home: Sixteenth Century Native America” in Karen Kupperman, ed. American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues and Trends that Made U.S. History, Volume. I (MTM Publishing Inc., 2011), 113-119.

“They Spoke Only In Sighs”: The Loss of Leaders and Life In Wendake, 1632-1640,” The Journal of Historical Biography, Volume 6 (Autumn, 2009): 1-33.

“‘For Home and Country’: Agency, Activism and Education of Alberta’s Native Women’s Clubs, 1942-1970,” Native Studies Review, Volume 18, No. 2 (2009): 27-49.

“‘they are the life of the nation’: Women and War in Nadouek Society,” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies Volume 28, No. 1 (2008): 119-138.

*Reprinted in Adele Perry, Mona Gleason and Tamara Myers, eds. Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History (Oxford Canada, 2010) 6th edition.

“History Repeats Itself: Huron Childrearing Attitudes, Eurocentricity, and the Importance of Indigenous Worldview,” The Canadian Journal for Native Education, Volume 31, No. 2 (2008): 4-14.



Teaching & Supervision

HIST 125: "Turtle Island" A History of North America's Ancient Civilizations

HIST 498: "Before Idle No More" A History of Aboriginal Activism and Social Justice Movements in Canada

HIST 151: Pre-Confederation Canada

HIST 398: A History of North American Diasporas

HIST 214: History in Film: Native-Newcomer Relations


Aboriginal Wendat colonialism indigenous north America women

Education & Training

Ph.D. (History) The Ohio State University                                                                                                                     

M.A. (History) The University of Ottawa                                                                                                              

B.A. (History) The University of Ottawa