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Buck Woodard Professorial Lecturer Department of Anthropology

Ph.D. Historical Anthropology, College of William & Mary; M.A. Cultural Anthropology, College of William & Mary

Buck Woodard is a cultural anthropologist specializing in historical and applied research, with foci on ethnographic and ethnohistorical writing, and ethnological study of indigenous North America. His research interests include cosmology and ritual life, matrilineality and gender, heritage tourism, political economy, and world-systems theory. Currently, Dr. Woodard is continuing fieldwork among Algonquians and Iroquoians in Oklahoma, New York, and Virginia. There, research topics include kinship and matrilineal socio-political organization in opposition to state-level structures, revitalization of language use and food ways, and the ways in which the preservation of heritage resources play out in issues of sovereignty and public representation. Data from this fieldwork are contributing to an interdisciplinary working group Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) in Indian Country. Recent work in material culture research include a fellowship (2014) and interdisciplinary collaboration (2017) to study Algonquian objects at the Ashmolean Museum of Archaeology and Art in Oxford, UK, a visiting position (2015-17) at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, and grants with the National Park Service (2016) and the Conservation Fund (2019). Previously, Dr. Woodard directed the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s American Indian Initiative (2008-17) and Historic Jamestowne’s Indigenous Chesapeake (2009-14). Both programs were applied public anthropology, utilizing ethnographic fieldwork and civic engagement to collaborate with federally acknowledged and state-recognized American Indian communities. He is the co-author of "Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding, and Legacy of America’s Indian School," an illustrated volume released in 2019.
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