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Advisory Board

The publishers and staff of the First Peoples initiative thank our advisory board, whose support, mentorship, and vision have been integral to the initiative's success:

Andrew Canessa

Dr. Andrew Canessa is a professor of sociology at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Trained as a social anthropologist, Dr. Canessa has conducted extensive field research in highland Bolivia among an Aymara-speaking people. He has published principally in the areas of ethnicity, gender, and Indigenous movements. He is the author of Natives Making Nation: Gender, Indigeneity, and the State in the Andes (University of Arizona Press). Recent work has looked at Indigenous peoples' experiences with the modern nation-state.

Jennifer Denetdale

As the first Diné/Navajo to earn a PhD in history, Dr. Jennifer Denetdale is a strong advocate for Native peoples and strives to foster academic excellence in the next generation of students. Her book, Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Navajo Chief Manuelito and Juanita, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2007. She has published two young adult books on Navajo history: The Long Walk: The Forced Navajo Exile (Chelsea House Publishers, 2007) and The Navajo (Chelsea House Publishers, 2011). The excerpt that appears here is part of a chapter from her work-in-progress on the Navajo Nation, gender, and the politics of tradition. Dr. Denetdale was recently reappointed to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission by Johnny Naize, Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council.

Amy Den Ouden

Dr. Amy Den Ouden is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her current research is focused on colonialism; Indigenous land rights; Indian policy, "race," and Native resistance in New England; and contemporary political issues in Native North America. Dr. Den Ouden is the author of Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England (University of Nebraska Press). For over a decade she worked as a researcher and consultant for the federal acknowledgment projects of the Eastern Pequot Nation and the Golden Hill Paugussett Nation.

Daniel Heath Justice

Daniel Heath Justice is Chair of the First Nations Studies Program and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, specializing in Indigenous literary studies, cultural and literary history, and speculative fiction. Daniel holds a joint position with UBC’s Department of English. He is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. See his website for more information about his creative and scholarly work.

Eugene Hunn

Dr. Eugene Hunn is a professor emeritus of the University of Washington Department of Anthropology. His research interests include ethnobiology, cultural ecology, cognitive anthropology, language and culture, with a focus in Native North/Middle America. His current research focus is on Zapotec ethnobiology in Oaxaca, Mexico, as well as geographic research with Indian tribes of the Columbia Plateau region of the Pacific Northwest. His most recent book is A Zapotec Natural History: Trees, Herbs, and Flowers, Birds, Beasts, and Bugs in the Life of San Juan Gbëë (University of Arizona Press).

Linc Kesler

Dr. Linc Kesler (Lakota) is the director of both the First Nations Studies Program and the First Nations House of Learning at the University of British Columbia, where he is also an associate professor of English. He is the senior advisor on Aboriginal affairs to the president of UBC. For the past two decades, Dr. Kesler has worked in numerous academic and applied settings with Native communities.

Jean O'Brien

Dr. Jean O'Brien (Ojibwe) is an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Dr. O'Brien's research interests include New England Indian history, ethnohistory, and race, class, and gender analysis as it pertains to history.

Jace Weaver

Dr. Jace Weaver is Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and Director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Law. His work is highly interdisciplinary, focusing on the intersections of Native law, religions, literatures, and communities.