Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
Mariane’s Ph.D. dissertation research directly relates to Indigenous and postcolonial archaeology. She is interested in exploring ways in which the views of Indigenous peoples and archaeologists might be reconciled when Indigenous knowledge and archaeological data conflict over issues relating to identity, history, and heritage. Her research will involve community-based participatory research with a focus on Québec archaeology. Her senior supervisor is IPinCH Project Director, George Nicholas.
Mariane’s primary interest in archaeology is the study of culture contact and its different mechanisms, whether relating to the Contact period in the Americas and its impact of culture change on both Indigenous and European cultures or to the study of the interactions between Indigenous groups at different points in time. Her master’s thesis (Anthropology, Université de Montréal, 2011) focused on the cultural identification of a Late Woodland archaeological site in the St. Lawrence River (Qc.). She later developed an interest in issues relating to ethics and responsibilities of archaeology towards First Nations, and also in the development of collaborative research projects with descendent communities. While still aligned with her general interest in contact and interactions, she has reoriented her research goals towards an anthropological study of the interactions between First Nations and archaeologists in Québec. Her project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by Simon Fraser University.