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Red Willow Dream Catcher, Patricia Pacheco, Laguna-Ojibwa
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 27 2016 - 06:30

By Cathy Burton

As the former Director of Education at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, I am mindful of issues related to cultural appropriation especially when developing or reviewing lesson plans on Indigenous arts, history and cultures.

Location of La Concepcion Parish in the Afroecuadorian Ancestral Territory of th
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 21 2016 - 09:18

By Daniela Balanzátegui and Ana María Morales, in collaboration with CONAMUNE and GAD La Concepción

Over the last two decades, some South American archaeologists who are promoting decolonizing and critical perspectives have pointed out that the archaeological study in the Andean region is largely focused on the pre-Hispanic past. 


Silvia Calamai
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 30 2015 - 09:32

By Silvia Calamai

Italian language diversity has no equal in Europe (Loporcaro 2009). Post-unification Italy underwent a heavy process of linguistic standardization and dialect erosion that was considered by many to be necessary and inevitable. 

Final Exam. Photo by Kristen Dobbin for IPinCH.
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 30 2015 - 08:02

By George Nicholas

Where is the line between fair use and exploitation? Between inspiration and appropriation? Between honouring and commodifying? These are important questions today as consumers, artists and musicians, product developers, retailers, and regulators try to make decisions about what is and is not appropriate use of other peoples’ intellectual property. 

Unique birdstone from the Rickley site. Image used with permission of the Facult
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 25 2015 - 12:00

By Chelsea Meloche

Repatriation can be an opportunity to teach, learn and remember for future generations (Krmpotich 2010; 2014; Nahrgang 2002). 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 19 2015 - 08:00

By Vanessa Udy

Appropriation of Aboriginal cultural heritage first became a popular subject of mainstream Canadian opinion journalism in the 1990s, starting with a series of letters to the editor in The Globe and Mail.

Past and Present landscape in Túcume, Lambayeque (Photo: Luis Muro Ynoñán)
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 23 2015 - 12:04

By Luis Muro Ynoñán

The discovery of complex and lavish tombs belonging to the kings of ancient Pre-Columbian civilizations has captivated archaeologists working in the New World. 

One variation of “Mo - the Escanaba Eskymo” mascot
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 21 2015 - 12:31

By Holly Cusack-McVeigh

November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States and, while many will honor the diverse ancestry and cultural traditions of Native American cultures in appropriate ways, there will undoubtedly be some educators who fall back on classroom lessons involving paper-feather headdresses and skits depicting the first Thanksgiving. 

Mary and Darcy John Shiprock (1993).
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Sep 21 2015 - 07:36

By Kathy M’Closkey

For generations, ethnologists were the primary authors of publications on Southwestern Native American art. 

"Mimbres Quail Gourd Pot" by Robert Rivera
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Aug 5 2015 - 13:42

By Cathy A. Burton

The Swarts Ruin, located within the Mimbres Valley in southwestern New Mexico, came to the attention of the public in the 1920s when Cornelius and Harriet Cosgrove, self-trained archaeologists, began to excavate there (LeBlanc 2004a).
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 23 2015 - 15:04

By Priya Chandrasekaran

If you’ve listened to or watched the news of late, this photo (at left) might be a familiar apocalyptic vision. In California and throughout the world, the future of agriculture is emerging at the forefront of environmental debates. 

Photo by Alan L Brown
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 10 2015 - 09:48

By Megan Davies         

When I first moved to Toronto in August 2014, I passed by a plaque on my running route at the intersection between Spadina and Davenport Roads, below the Baldwin Steps. I later came to understand this plaque as representative of the erasure of Indigenous trans-historical presence in this place, and in Toronto at large. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, May 20 2015 - 09:59

By Roger Chennells

What are the particular problems and concerns faced by Indigenous peoples in the era of human population genetic research (HPGR)? This topic, explored in my Ph.D. dissertation (2014), is the focus of this essay.

“Supermodel of the world” RuPaul (courtesy of; Conchita Wurst
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Apr 10 2015 - 16:04

By Sarah Lison

Last month Logo TV premiered the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a flashy competition reality show that is part America’s Next Top Model, part Project Runway, and showcases fourteen drag queens in their bid to be crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 27 2015 - 12:07

By Jane Azzam

I had the opportunity this past February to spend the month with members of the IPinCH team, and also participate in the “Working Better Together” conference held in Vancouver.

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 25 2015 - 14:27

By Adrienne Keene

In early February, the Stanford University Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) held a conference on contemporary issues in Indian law. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 24 2015 - 15:56

By Thomas Burelli

In research projects in the French overseas territories in the South Pacific, Indigenous peoples and scientists are often depicted as close partners during the initial research and data collection stage. 

Coffee packaging by Tsimshian artist Bill Helin
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 27 2015 - 11:46

By Solen Roth

Living in Vancouver, one comes across images and objects of Native Northwest Coast design on a daily basis. At your neighbourhood coffee shop on Monday morning, you notice the Spirit Bear Coffee Company logo by Bill Helin. 

Eric Lenci and John Schlagheck
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 26 2015 - 13:49

By Fanya Becks

Through my doctoral research at Stanford University I have had the honor of working closely with tribal leadership and membership from the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area (referred to hereafter as the “Muwekma Tribe”). 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 26 2015 - 09:33

By Michelle Evans

I became interested in the phenomenon of leadership when I was teaching Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and arts managers about management in the late 2000s. I noticed that when the cohort I was teaching came together as a group, something was happening beyond learning about management. 

Hugh and Deidre at Auckland Museum
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 24 2015 - 15:50

By Deidre Brown

As I discovered recently, its one thing to be knowledgeable about the repatriation of indigenous cultural heritage, but quite another to be participating in action to repatriate one’s own cultural heritage. 

Photo K. McLaughlin
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 22 2015 - 11:17

By Courtney Doagoo and Darren Modzelewski

On November 4, 2005, Desmond Tutu spoke at the University of California, Santa Barbara “Voices” speaker’s series. He reminded the audience that there is “another kind of justice, restorative justice, [where]…even the worst of us [has] the potential to become better…to be reintegrated into the community.”

Kent Monkman - Trappers of Men
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 4 2015 - 13:15

By Sean Robertson

Kent Monkman (1965–) is an artist of Cree, and English-, and Irish-Canadian ancestry. His paintings, videos/films, installations, and performances have appeared in solo exhibitions in Canada and the United States, as well as numerous group exhibitions worldwide. 


Sarah Carr-Locke
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2014 - 13:15

By Brian Egan, Kristen Dobbin, and George Nicholas

With seven years of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the IPinCH project has always had — at least in its formal incarnation — a limited lifespan. 

Photo: Albert Elias and Helen Gruben discuss beaded gloves at the Smithsonian Mu
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2014 - 13:02

In November 2013, IPinCH spoke with Natasha Lyons (Director, Ursus Heritage Consulting), Kate Hennessy (Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University), Chuck Arnold (former Director of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Independent Researcher), and Cathy Cockney (Manager, Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre) about their work on the IPinCH-supported Community-Based Initiative, A Case of Access.

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2014 - 12:32

By Julie Mitchell

Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park, located on the River Murray in South Australia, is a significant place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike. Intimately connected to Aboriginal culture and beliefs, it is the ancestral home of the Nganguraku people, and the central site for the “Black Duck Dreaming.”

A sunset view of //Uruke Bush Camp Adventures. The land was returned to the +Kho
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 2 2014 - 17:01

By Rachel F. Giraudo

Does cultural tourism always exploit those whose culture is on display? What happens when communities are in charge of their own cultural tourism ventures? These questions propelled my recently completed survey of San-run cultural tourism projects in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana, supported, in part, by an IPinCH fellowship.

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 2 2014 - 15:55

By Julie Woods

Bonnie Newsom is a member of the Penobscot Nation and President of Nutalket Consulting, a Native American-owned and operated small business that blends archaeology and heritage preservation consulting with Native American art and jewelry design. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 13 2014 - 13:12

By Tariq Zaman

The Pashtun people are an Indo-European ethnic group from the subgroup of Eastern Iranians, who live in southeastern Afghanistan and the northern and southwestern provinces of Pakistan. <--break->

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 30 2014 - 13:01

By George Nicholas

I am honored to have the opportunity to speak this afternoon here on unceded Coast Salish land. For you the graduates, this event marks what anthropologists refer to as a rite of passage, a change from one stage of life to another. An important transition marked by new status; a transformation flowing from new knowledge.

Vancouver Olympic Logo
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 29 2014 - 11:48

By Laura Skorodenski

“Ilanaaq” is the name of the well-known logo of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. This logo, based on the Inuit inuksuk (also spelled inukshuk), consisted of a multi-coloured, five-piece design created by Elana Rivera MacGregor of the Rivera Design Group in Vancouver. 

Projectile points, Kamloops, British Columbia (photo: G. Nicholas);
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 2 2014 - 13:01

By George Nicholas

When I started my career in archaeology, heritage was all about things — the artifacts, the archaeological sites, the physical traces of long-ago people’s lives. Those objects were the pathway to the past.

Heritage Values in Contemporary Society (photo: G. Smith)
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Sep 25 2014 - 15:24

By George S. Smith

I have been involved in writing about and teaching cultural heritage management (CHM) for more than 20 years, as well as organizing and participating in international conferences and workshops on this topic. 

Photo from Koshare Indian Museum
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Sep 10 2014 - 10:57

By Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh

A rainstorm tumbled down on 2,500 spectators in the football stadium of Western Colorado State College, as they watched the Ghost Dance.[1] On the field young men wore flowing leather shirts and held rattles and sung with power. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Aug 27 2014 - 08:37

By Alexa Walker

As genetic research is increasingly applied to new areas of study, including in archaeological and heritage contexts, a range of questions arise concerning the social, ethical, legal, and political implications of ancient DNA (aDNA). 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Aug 7 2014 - 13:39

By Carol J. Ellick

Imagine for a moment that you are a creative, quiet, inquisitive 9-year-old student in a fourth-grade classroom in Oklahoma. The teacher, very excitedly, has just announced that it is time to celebrate the Land Run, a day on which the school reenacts the opening of the Oklahoma Territory to white settlers in 1889!

Nuxalk sun mask logo of
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 19 2014 - 14:43

By Jennifer Kramer

On January 26, 2014, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced a friendly wager on the outcome of Super Bowl 2014 between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Florida State University mascots, Chief Osceola and Renegade
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, May 28 2014 - 09:50

By Brian Egan

Debate about the use of Native American imagery or symbols and the representation of Native peoples in sport has been with us for decades.

New Zealand Flag
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Apr 29 2014 - 15:37

By Maddy Fowler

Between Waitangi Day on February 6th, commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, and Anzac Day on April 25th, remembering the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War in 1915, there is a great sense of patriotism in New Zealand, which is often expressed through the display of the national flag.

Stern in the field (on the right), ca. 1970s
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Apr 29 2014 - 09:44

By Jennifer R. O’Neal

In the fall of 2012, I began my tenure as the University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 25 2014 - 10:55

By Ruth-Rebeccalynne Tyana Lokelani Aloua

Aloha mai kakou, my name is Ruth-Rebeccalynne Tyana Lokelani Aloua. I am a kanaka ‘oiwi (Native Hawaiian) born in Wailuku, Maui, and raised in Kailua-Kona, a town located on Hawai‘i Island. 

Walk for Reconciliation, September 22, 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 25 2014 - 08:44

By Robin R. R. Gray

In Canada, the call for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples has received increasing public attention since 2007, when the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement was reached. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 13 2014 - 15:01

...An open letter to those Canadians who are Irish, and those who wish they were.

By Sinéad Liobhas (Jennifer Lewis)

This is a cheeky look at the appropriation of Irish culture in Canada. Though I’m no Jonathan Swift, I wanted to use some typically Dublin humour, in honour of everyone’s favourite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day.

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 28 2014 - 10:06

By George Nicholas

Since its inception, our “Appropriation (?) of the Month” column has explored what and when something might be considered a misappropriation, a cultural borrowing, or something else. The answer isn’t always clear or simple, and is often nuanced or contextual.

Map of the Regions of Italy, including the ancient regions relevant to this stud
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 31 2014 - 10:48

By Gordon Lobay

A remarkable tomb was discovered in Tuscany in September 2013, containing two sets of skeletal remains laying on two platforms. Included with the remains were pottery, numerous metallic and terracotta objects, and other artifacts. 

Sand drawing at Vanuatu Cultural Centre, Port Vila (Julie Mitchell, 2 June 2012)
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 7 2014 - 11:33

By Julie Mitchell

The traditional practice of sand drawing in Vanuatu is both a direct means of transferring cultural heritage information and a medium of communication that continues to function as a form of cultural exchange today. 


Aida Abdykanova and Caroline Beebe, overlooking Bishkek.
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2013 - 10:40

By K. Anne Pyburn

The IPinCH-funded “Grassroots Resource Preservation and Management in Kyrgyzstan” project is intended to begin a public conversation among both urban and rural people about intellectual property and cultural heritage in Kyrgyzstan, a post-Soviet nation where ties to the past have been attenuated and even severed. 

Cover: Two young Inuit, Aipili Sakiagak (front) and his brother Putulik (back),
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2013 - 10:26

By Émilie Ruffin

Since 2011 I have worked with the Avataq Cultural Institute and have been a member of the IPinCH-supported case study “Cultural Tourism in Nunavik,” collaborating closely with project leader Daniel Gendron. 

Susan at the Stolo People of the River Conference, held at the SRRMC, June 2012
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2013 - 10:13

By Hannah Turner 

As a curator and professor at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Susan Rowley’s goals lie with the interests of the community members she works with, and she seeks to understand their needs and facilitate their research interests. 

Catherine Bell leads a discussion at an IPinCH-sponsored event in the Yukon, Can
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2013 - 10:10

By Nicole Aylwin

It’s been just over a year since I joined IPinCH Steering Committee member Catherine Bell in the Yukon to assist with the IPinCH-supported Yukon First Nations Heritage Values and Heritage Resource Management community-based initiative.  

Artefacts used in the Custodians and Curators Workshop to highlight the range of
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 25 2013 - 10:21

By Ian McIntosh

The curious discovery of 1,000-year-old African coins during World War II on the north Australian coast provides a unique opportunity to rewrite Australian history with a focus on indigenous perspectives.

Gloria Bell
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 20 2013 - 00:00

By Gloria Bell

Attending In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization held at Royal Holloway, University of London, from Oct 24-27, was a great opportunity to learn, reflect and challenge my current thinking about indigenous arts and culture in Canada and internationally.

Andy Everson’s "Sons of Baxwbakwalanuksiwe’"
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 12 2013 - 10:33

By Adam Solomonian 

K’omoks/Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson recently produced a limited edition print titled Sons of Baxwbakwalanuksiwe’ (Oct 2013). 

Inuvialuit Parka from the Smithsonian Collection
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 29 2013 - 09:45

By Irine Prastio

In July of 2013, I participated in the Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC. My plan was to document and establish a visual database of clothing artifacts in the Inuvialuit’s MacFarlane Collection, as a part of my masters thesis project.  

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 28 2013 - 14:07

By Emily Benson

The appropriation and commodification of Indigenous artifacts has a long history in British Columbia. 

Gift in Solidary Totem Pole unveiling ceremony on September 19, 2013 on the Tsle
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 18 2013 - 11:25

By Mique'l Icesis Dangeli 

“Warrior up!” This was the call to action declared by Ta’ah (Amy George), a highly respected Grandmother of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, when she learned of Kinder-Morgan’s proposal to build pipelines carrying oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta through her people’s traditional and unceded territory. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Sep 30 2013 - 23:00

By Annique-Elise Goode

While the majority of Knowledge Base (KB) resources are in English, there are some documents in French, Inuktitut, Russian, and Spanish. The inclusion of relevant material in as many languages as possible can benefit KB users by providing access to material in their own language, particularly where English is not spoken as an additional language. 

Fiji Airways masi motif and new designs on airplane
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Sep 26 2013 - 08:58

By Brian Egan

Earlier this year I wrote about Air Pacific Ltd.’s intention to reinvigorate its business through a rebranding strategy, part of which relied on the use of elements of Fijian cultural heritage, and the controversy that this generated (click here to read the earlier piece). In this article, I present a brief update on the issue.

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Aug 31 2013 - 23:00

By Annique-Elise Goode

The Knowledge Base contains 91 pamphlets and brochures from Canada, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia, that provide information about museums, First Nations peoples, Indigenous cultural centres and tourism initiatives. 

Nicole Aylwin
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jul 17 2013 - 12:41

By Nicole Aylwin

This past weekend The Lone Ranger premiered in theatres across North America. Starring Johnny Depp as Tonto, the Disney film had been widely anticipated, but not always for the right reasons. 

Claire Poirier
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jul 9 2013 - 10:10

By Claire Poirier

What are the implications of using the tools of the dominant knowledge paradigm to protect Indigenous knowledge? 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 30 2013 - 23:00

By Annique-Elise Goode

So-called “grey literature” consists of those materials not easily found through conventional channels, such as books and journals. This can include government reports, conference papers, unpublished theses, non-profit organization reports, archival documents, fieldwork notes, and various types of data.

Western Inuit teacup, unknown artist, woven from seagrass. Museum of Vancouver c
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 18 2013 - 12:42

By Maddie Knickerbocker and Lisa Truong

Homi Bhabha’s explanation of colonial mimicry forms part of what is arguably one of his most well-known essays, "Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse."

Moriori descendant, Nicole Whaitiri with a rakau momori (living tree carving) on
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 12 2013 - 09:29

The Hokotehi Moriori Trust (HMT) is a partner in the IPinCH Moriori Cultural Database project, which focuses on the recording of Moriori cultural heritage. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, May 31 2013 - 23:00

By Annique-Elise Goode

The Knowledge Base holds records for a number of resource network websites, including those created by academic institutions in co-operation with Indigenous groups. 

"cowboys and Indians”
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, May 21 2013 - 09:51

By Hannah Turner

On January 29th , 2013, a group of friends celebrated a birthday party at a local bar in Toronto, Ontario. As several major publications later reported (including the National Post), the group of about 15-30 people dressed up as “Cowboys and Indians,” complete with full headdresses and war paint. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Apr 30 2013 - 23:00

By Annique-Elise Goode

The KB holds records for a number of videos, such as a 1960s documentary about the Sun Dance ceremony of the Blood Indians of southern Alberta (Circle of the Sun), and an exploration of cultural appropriation and ethnic authenticity (Seeking the Spirit: Plains Indians in Russia).

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Apr 18 2013 - 08:36

By Robin R. R. Gray

I am Tsimshian from Lax Kw’alaams, Ginaxangiik Tribe, House of ‘Liyaa’mlaxha, Gispwudwada Clan. I am writing this blog piece to discuss the appropriation of totem poles from a Northwest Coast First Nation perspective. 

King Richard III
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 18 2013 - 12:08

By Alexa Walker

On February 4, 2013, the University of Leicester announced that the bones of King Richard III (1452-1485) had been unearthed from beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 14 2013 - 23:00

By Annique-Elise Goode

The IPinCH KB currently holds 70 records of websites, including digital media and collections, resource networks, blogs, commercial sites (e.g., online stores and cultural tourism sites), websites by academics, Indigenous groups, governments and international organizations, and those providing teaching tools and guidelines on specific topics. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 18 2013 - 16:49

By Brian Egan

On May 14, 2012, Air Pacific Ltd. announced a number of initiatives designed to improve the air carrier’s business outlook. After several years of financial losses, the company, which bills itself as “Fiji’s International Airline,” made public the key elements of its turnaround strategy. 

claire poirier - tipi
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 5 2013 - 09:47

By Claire Poirier

At a well-known archaeological site in Alberta, a diverse group of individuals gather together on a large tarp to participate in a ceremonial feast. A Plains Cree woman, having discovered that the ancestral spirits at this site were hungry, had invited a ceremonialist from her community to carry out the feast. 

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Feb 1 2013 - 00:00

In the IPinCH Knowledge Base (KB) there are 98 records of examples of cultural heritage imagery used for commercial purposes and/or to market cultural heritage to the public, including examples of Indigenous- and non-Indigenous companies selling products or services.

Traditional Samoan tattooing
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 25 2013 - 16:13

By George Nicholas

Tattoos have become remarkably popular in recent decades. Once associated mainly with sailors and military personnel (as well as convicts, bikers, and other “marginal” groups) in Western society, today they are virtually commonplace. 

Jessica Lai, Cathy Bell and Sheila Greer
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 11 2013 - 00:00

By Jessica C. Lai

For the last three years, I have worked at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, for a project called the International Trade of Indigenous Cultural Heritage, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. I came to know Catherine Bell through a workshop that we hosted in Lucerne, in January 2010.

Lena Mortensen
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jan 1 2013 - 00:00

By Kristen Dobbin

Lena Mortensen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, advocates that her students consider the cultural, economic and ethical implications of tourism development, and to think about tourism as a kind of cultural practice in and of itself, one that is shaped by expectations about difference that come from long histories of representing places and peoples.


Screenshot from Official “Hometown of Santa” website, Dec 2012.
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 13 2012 - 11:06

By Kristen Dobbin

Rovaniemi, a city of nearly 61,000 that straddles the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, markets itself as “the Official Hometown of Santa Claus.”  Here visitors can meet Santa and his elves, take a reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy landscape, and buy local products.

Image 1 (top left): Performers from a Yukon First Nations dance group on stage a
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Dec 3 2012 - 00:00

By the YFN Case Study Team


This summer, in collaboration with our community partners Champagne & Aishihik First Nations (CAFN), the Carcross-Tagish First Nation (CTFN) and the Ta’an Kwach’än Council (TKC), IPinCH team members Catherine Bell and Sheila Greer travelled across the Yukon conducting focus groups and participating in formal and informal discussions with Yukon First Nations (YFN) youth, elders, community members and heritage staff, seeking insight into what the concept of ‘heritage’ means to YFN communities and how heritage resources can be managed in such a way as to reflect and respect their values. 

No Doubt and 'Looking Hot'
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Nov 23 2012 - 15:57

By George Nicholas

Recent controversy over a music video released by the band No Doubt has raised questions not only about the appropriation of Native American heritage, but also about the often-unintended nature of appropriation. The video of No Doubt’s song ‘Looking Hot’ features band members dressed as … well, cowboys and Indians. 

Posted by Brian Egan, Oct 12 2012 - 15:11

By George Nicholas

Commercial advertising is rife with allusions not only to familiar aspects of popular culture, but also the incorporation of more exotic images, ideas, and places associated with other societies, past and present. 

By Rculatta  [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
Posted by George Nicholas, Sep 7 2012 - 07:59

By George Nicholas

Although the inappropriate use of another’s culture may be profoundly harmful, not all cultural borrowings constitute appropriation in this negative sense. 

False Face Masks
Posted by George Nicholas, Jul 6 2012 - 09:04

By George Nicholas

An unusual sighting in Washington state, a house address sign in the form of an Iroquoian False Face mask (address has been removed). Among the Iroquois of the northeastern North America, masks were an important element of rituals. 

Appropriation in Alcohol Labels?
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, May 14 2012 - 23:00

By George Nicholas

The use of Indigenous images, icons, and peoples in marketing alcoholic beverages is not new, and can be seen in products such as Crazy Horse Malt Liquor, Baby Blue Whiskey (made from Hopi Blue Corn), and even an "Otzi the Ice Man" beer. 

Rosemary Coombe
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 31 2012 - 23:00

As a legal anthropologist, Rosemary Coombe has taught on intellectual property (IP) issues at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law for 12 years and has published widely on the ways IP shapes cultural life. 


Posted by Sarah Carr-Locke, Jun 6 2011 - 10:42

By Sarah Carr-Locke

Since last September, I have been a Research Assistant for the Digital Information Systems and Cultural Heritage working group for the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project. 

Posted by Sarah Carr-Locke, May 17 2011 - 11:34

By Sarah Carr-Locke

As part of my research assistant work for IPinCH, I have the privilege of helping expand the IPinCH community through the use of social networking.  I am excited about this work for several reasons, which I thought I would share.

Posted by Solen Roth, Apr 26 2011 - 15:06

By Solen Roth

Some thoughts brought to you by: the IPinCH Graduate Student dinner, Digital Natives and The Land We Are

The IPinCH Team at Lake Akan
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Mar 19 2011 - 23:00

By George NicholasJoe Watkins, and Sheila Greer

In January 2011, members of the IPinCH Project travelled to Lake Akan in Hokkaido, northern Japan, to participate in a symposium on intellectual property with our Ainu and Japanese colleagues. 

Posted by Solen Roth, Jan 10 2011 - 12:58

By Solen Roth

Last October, Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern was the Hawthorn Lecturer for the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. 


George Nicholas
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 12 2010 - 12:06

One thing you should know about George Nicholas is he can be stubborn about things he believes in. During the final interview with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) adjudication committee reviewing the IPinCH project proposal, a committee member asked, “What makes you qualified to direct a project of this scope?” 

Posted by Solen Roth, Jun 10 2010 - 08:34

By Solen Roth, PhD Candidate, The University of British Columbia.

Just back from a four day seminar at the Otsego Institute at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown (NY)! A small group of junior professionals and graduate students in art history and anthropology from Canada and the US were invited to present on their current work and discuss some of the key issues in their field with peers and faculty.

Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Jun 3 2010 - 23:00

By Solen Roth

When I was a teenager, I was a competitive cross-country skier. One day, I came 1st in a race, and received a trophy (to be kept in the club's ski cabin) and a pewter necklace (that I could take home with me). The necklace was engraved with a First Nations design, in Northwest Coast style.


Posted by Kristen Dobbin, Oct 31 2009 - 23:00

As an ethnomusicologist, jazz pianist, and nationally acclaimed anthropologist, Michael Asch is in a unique position to help find harmony in the relationships between First Nations and Canada.

Sonya Atalay
Posted by Kristen Dobbin, May 31 2009 - 23:00

Sonya Atalay is an archaeologist doing fieldwork in the Great Lakes region of the United States and in Turkey. 


Replicas for sale, at the Giza Pyramid Complex
Posted by George Nicholas, Nov 13 2008 - 21:06

By George Nicholas

Egypt, of course, has been the focus of antiquarian interest for millennia, as revealed by the ancient Greek traveler and historian Herodotis. But it also played a central role in the development of what would become the discipline of archaeology, as Giovanni Belzoni and others explored the land and collected antiquities on behalf of Great Britain, France, and other countries with colonial interests there.

Dr. Radut