Research Under the Guidance of Wampum
Welcome to my journey as an Indigenous scholar in a Western academic system! It is my goal to conduct my research under the guidance of the Two-Row Covenant belt, and I will share about this along the way.
Two Row Scholar Blog
- Indigeneity in the Time of Covid-19
- Why an Indigenous Research Methodology Anyway?
- Centering Self in My Re-Search
- Life in the Time of Covid-19
My Work (in progress!)
Work With Me
Are you an Indigenous community member with ties to the Tower/Soudan/Lake Vermilion area? I’m interested in learning from you! If you would like to be part of this project, please get in touch.
While I am currently in the coursework/research phase of my Doctoral program, I am available for remote and contract work as a lesson/curriculum writer and as a heritage interpretation developer.
I am an Onondaga scholar in the PhD program at Michigan Technological University. I am researching in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program (social sciences). My work involves Indigenous heritage erasure in the context of industrial heritage sites, focusing on the Soudan Underground Mine and the Bois Forte community in Minnesota.
When I entered the field of anthropology, I did so because I recognized the problems of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation within the discipline and felt that change could be made from within. As I progressed through my education, I shifted my focus to Indigenous representation in museums and ways in which these images could be more accurate, as well as how to produce exhibits that did not have the standard cultural barriers of a Western museum. In my work with various state agencies and educational institutions, it became clear that there is a systemic issue with understanding ways to meaningfully consult and collaborate with Indigenous communities regarding heritage exhibition and interpretation, especially within sites that fall under the management of the Department of Natural Resources.
My Master’s research involved the creation of 3D digitial models of cultural heritage objects that functioned as surrogates for the real thing. These models not only served as a preservation tool, they also allowed viewers to ‘interact’ with them more completely than visitors to the standard museum are able to (the fourth wall). By placing these surrogates in an open-access, online-museum, community members were able to access them on their own terms, interact with them, and experience a variety of emotions and memories in a safe space.
When I am not in class or doing homework, I enjoy spending time with my husband, James, and our two dogs, hiking, swimming, camping, travelling, and improving our lacrosse handling. I am a jingle dress dancer, beader, quill-worker, and story-teller. When school is not in session, I work as an interpretive guide at the Soudan Underground Mine. I am also an educator for Gidakiimanaaniwigamig, an Indigenous youth STEM, language and culture camp.