Margaret M. Bruchac at the School for Advanced Research. Photo by Jason Ordaz.

Margaret M. Bruchac at the School for Advanced Research. Photo by Jason Ordaz.

Margaret M Bruchac at the School for Advanced Research. Photo courtesy Jason Ordaz

Margaret M Bruchac (Abenaki) serves as the secretary and contributing editor for the Council for Museum Anthropology section. She is an assistant professor of anthropology and coordinator of the Native American Studies Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Bruchac wears many hats (literally) as a scholar, consultant, and cultural performer. From 1999 to 2007, while shifting between living history interpretation at Old Sturbridge Village and graduate study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she examined processes of historical erasure and cultural revitalization in northeastern Native America. From 2003-2009, she served as the Five College Repatriation Research Liaison for Amherst College and Smith College. From 2009-2012, she was Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Connecticut. Bruchac was in residence at the School for Advanced Research from 2011-2012, working on a book manuscript, with support from the Katrin H Lamon Fellowship and the Ford Foundation. Her publications include: Dreaming Again: Algonkian Poetry (Bowman Books/Greenfield Review Press 2012); Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader in Decolonization (co-edited with Siobhan Hart and H Martin Wobst, Left Coast Press 2010); and Exorcising Anthropology’s Demons (co-authored with Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Multiversity and Citizens International 2004). Bruchac’s current research examines the relations among early 20th century museum collectors and Native informants, and the handling processes and curatoral practices that have influenced the distribution, display, and interpretation of Indigenous cultural heritage in museums.

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