Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn


BA, BSc (University of Calgary); MA (Simon Fraser University); PhD (McGill University)
Tel: 778.782.6669 • Fax: 778.782.5666 • Emailecy@sfu.ca


General Research Interests

My research interests in archaeology include palaeoIndian research, communal hunting and northern plains archaeology and archaeoastronomy. I am also interested in the interactions occurring between Indians and archaeology, and the emerging field of indigenous archaeology. My research in Native Studies has focused on examining the experience of aboriginal people in the modern world and their struggle to promote cultural diversity in a homogeneous society.

Current Research

I am presently working toward defining the tenets and objectives of indigenous archaeology and examining its contributions to archaeological theory. I have a strong interest in traditional knowledge and I look for its meaning and signifigance to better understand the archaeological record. I contend that traditional knowledge has much to offer archaeology as a method for identifying archaeological sites and for interpreting sites that lack artifacts. I see traditional knowledge as a system of knowing about the environment and I investigate it within the context of ethnoscience.

Recent Publications

2015. Just Methods, No Madness: Historical Archaeology on the Piikani First Nation. In
“Ethics in Archaeological Praxis” edited by Cristobal Gnecco & Dorothy Lippert. Springer, 245–256.

2013 First Nations of Canada. In “First Peoples of Canada: Masterworks from the Canadian Museum of Civilization” edited by Jean-Luc Pilon & Nicholette Prince. University of Toronto Press, 21–29. This is the first time this article was published in English.

2012 (with A. Hickok). Brave new digs: Archaeology and Aboriginal People in British Columbia, Canada.
Canadian Journal of Native Studies 32(1): 87– 99.

2010a. First Nations of the Northlands (Primeras Naciones de las tierras del norte). Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition Collections from the Canadian Museum of Civilization at the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico City, Mexico
2010b. My Eclectic career in archaeology. In Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists, edited by George Nicholas. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA. 334–340.
2010c. Naapi in my world. In Troubling Tricksters edited by Deanna Reder and Linda
Morra. Wilfred Laurier University Press, London, ON. 153-160.
2010d. Working together on race: The view from Canada. The SAA Archaeological Record 10(3): 14–15+.

2009. First Nations of the Northlands (Die “First Nations” des Nordens). Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition Collections from the Canadian Museum of Civilization at Das Landesmuseum, Hanover, Germany.

2009. First Nations of the Northlands (Translated into Japanese). Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition Collections from the Canadian Museum of Civilization at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.

2008. Indigenous-European contact in Canada. In América: Contacto e Independencia edited by María Cristina Mineiro Scatamacchia and Francisco Enriquez Solano. Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia, Mexico.

2008. First Nations of the Northlands (Translated into Chinese). Catalogue accompanying the touring exhibition Collections from the Canadian Museum of Civilization at Canada House, Beijing, China.

2006a. The Never-ending Journey of Anthony Henday. In Alberta Formed – Alberta Transformed edited by Michael Payne. University of Alberta Press, Edmonton, AB, 86–108 pp.

2006b. Understanding Antiquity: Bruce Trigger on his life’s work in archaeology. Journal of Social Archaeology 6(3): 307–327.

2006c. The Awakening of Internalist Archaeology in the Aboriginal World. In The Archaeology of Bruce Trigger: Theoretical Empiricism edited by Ronald F. Williamson and Michael S. Bisson. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 194–209 pp.

2004 (with Alan McMillan) First Peoples in Canada. Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver

2003 Regarding the American Paleolithic. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 27(10): 62–73

2003 Before the Alberta Century. In Archaeology in Alberta: A View from the New Millennium, edited by Jack W. Brink and John F. Dormaar. Archaeological Society of Alberta, Edmonton, pp. 224–242

2002 Algonquians/Plains. In Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: A Short Introduction, edited by Paul Robert Magocsi. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, pp. 82–97

2000 Strangely estranged: Native Studies and the Problem of Science. Native Studies Review 13(1): 71–96

2000 Indians, Archaeology and the Changing World. In Ethics in American Archaeology, edited by Mark J. Lynott and Alison Wylie, pp. 126–137

1999 Heritage protection on Indian Reserve Lands in Canada. Plains Anthropologists 44(170), Memoir 31: 107–116.

1999 Plains Algonquians. In Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples, edited by Paul Robert Magocsi. Multicultural History Society of Ontario

1997 Archaeology and the Sechelt Indian Self-Government Act. In At a Crossroads: Archaeology and First Peoples in Canada, Nicholas, G.P. & T.D. Andrews (eds.) Archaeology Press, Burnaby, BC. pp. 252–265.

1996 Indians, Archaeology and the Changing World. Native Studies Review 11(2): 23–50

1990 Wintercounts. In The Scriver Blackfoot Collection: Repatriation of Canada's Heritage, edited by Philip H.R. Stepney and David J. Goa. Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, pp. 23–30


2016. Review of Masculindians by Sam McKegney. BC Studies 189(Spring): 158.

2013. Review of Community-based Archaeology: Research with, for and by Indigenous and local communities by Sonya Atalay. Collaborative Anthropologies Vol. 6.

2013a. Review of Ipperwash: The tragic failure of Canada’s aboriginal policy by Edward J. Hedican. Native Studies Review 22(1&2): 207–10.2013b. Review of The Old World Roots of the Cherokee by Donald N. Yates. Native Studies Review 22(1&2): 216–19.

2010a. Neighbours and Networks: The Blood Indians in the Southern Alberta economy, 1884–1939. Montana, Journal of the West.
2010b. Canada’s Stonehenge: Astounding discoveries in Canada, England and Wales. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 34(1): 128–130.

2007. Inconstant companions: Archaeology and Native North American Oral Traditions. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 31(2): 296–298.

2003 A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of Knowing. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 27(2): 349–352

2003 Learning to be an Anthropologist and Remaining "Native": Selected Writings by Beatrice Medicine (edited with Sue-Ellen Jacobs). Canadian Journal of Archaeology 27(1): 149–151

2001 Common and Contested Ground: A Human and Environmental History of the Northwestern Plains. Scientia Canadensis 25: 77–79

2000 Out of the Mist, But Still in a Haze! Muse 17(2): 16–17

1999 No Stone Untrod (Native American and Archaeologist: Stepping Stones to Common Ground). The Midden31(1): 14–15


2015. “Powwow: Copylefting Traditional Culture” (3min:48sec) posted on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud7tZAxsA4c

2014. “Digging up the Rez: Historical Archaeology at Piikani” (38min:26sec) posted on You-Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zhx9WaU9go

2012. “Encountering Modernity: The Piikani Historical Archaeology Project” (6min:34sec) posted on YouTube. https://www.youtube.co,/watch?v=zbmtOLbOXwY