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Maureen Bracewell teaches courses in Introductory Social Anthropology, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism. She has a BA in Ethnomusicology and her graduate work focused on the presentation of cultural identity among Andean musicians in Vancouver. Maureen’s research specialties and areas of interest include the relationship of music to culture, linguistic anthropology, migration and globalisation, and the rights of Indigenous peoples.
My anthropological training began at University College, London where I gained an undergraduate degree and developed an interest in art, material culture, representation, and museums. To pursue these interests further I studied at Cambridge University where I was able to combine Social Anthropology with Museum Studies in a Master’s program. This was when I began to formulate questions about Northwest Coast First Nations’ art, for which I could never find satisfactory answers. To find the answers I decided I need to ask First Nations’ artists themselves. To achieve this I decided to do fieldwork as part of a doctorate in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. I gained permission to work in the Haida community of Massett, and came to British Columbia for fifteen months as my fieldwork experience. My research considered the role of artists in their home community, the role of art in Haida culture, the politics of representation, the emergence of new traditions, and addressed the presence of anthropology in First Nations’ lives. Finally I found many answers to my original questions, and discovered many questions I had never even considered. I learned a great deal from the Haida, for which I am truly grateful.
After fieldwork I returned to Cambridge, completed my thesis, taught Social Anthropology, conducted collections research, and worked as a curator at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. I emigrated to British Columbia, and in 1997 I began teaching at Capilano.
At Capilano University I teach courses in Introductory Social Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion, Intermediate Social Anthropology, Ethnic Relations, First Nations of British Columbia, Indigenous Peoples of North America, and coming in the Spring 2009 semester, The Anthropology of Food.
Bob’s primary research and teaching interests include the Indigenous Peoples of North America, human evolution, and all things archaeological. He regularly teaches Anth 123 Introduction to Archaeology; Anth 124 Introduction to Biological Anthropology; and Anth 241 Archaeology Field School. He also occasionally teaches Anth 206 The First Nations of British Columbia; Anth 208 The Indigenous Peoples of North America; Anth 232 Archaeology of Africa, Asia, and Europe; and Anth 233 Archaeology of the Americas.
Bob is passionate about research, teaching, and writing. He has worked extensively with First Nations, mostly in British Columbia. Excavation projects he has worked on include a Greek site in Egypt; dozens of prehistoric sites throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Alaska; and multiple early 20th century Japanese camps near Vancouver. By his own estimation, he has taught anthropology and archaeology to more than 5,000 college and university students in classes of 35 or less.
Bob directs the Seymour Valley Archaeology Project, which focuses on documenting early 20th century heritage sites in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve; contributes to a more complete picture of local, regional, and Asian-American history; and trains university students in field archaeology. Field work occurs each May and June with students enrolled in the Archaeology Field School.
Books he has written include Introducing Archaeology; The First Nations of British Columbia: An Anthropological Survey; and Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview. He has also edited the book Reading Archaeology, and has been a regular columnist for three periodicals: Anthropology News, Teaching Anthropology, and Popular Anthropology Magazine.
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