Charles Menzies

Professor

Research Classification

Local Cultures and Dynamics
Resources Management
Dynamics of Social Transformations
Social Movements

Research Interests

Indigenous studies
Natural Resource Management
Maritime Anthropology
Western Europe
Ethnographic Film

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Research Methodology

ethnographic film
traditional use and occupancy studies
Indigenous Studies
participant observation

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Master's students
2018
2019
2020

Graduate students interted in working on subjects related to this following project are encouraged to apply. This project focuses upon First Nations’ contemporary chains of production that links homeland with diasporic communities through the production, distribution, and consumption of traditional goods (both food and materials). Our research will be based in Gitxaała Nation. To accomplish our research objectives we will walk alongside of food harvesters and materials gatherers as they pick, hunt, fish, grow, and collect the materials that they then transform into food and things. We will follow the path of these objects back home to Lach Klan (Gitxaała’s home village) where additional processing and then distribution takes place and consumption begins. Then we shall explore and examine the routes of distribution of these things as they make their way from the heart of Gitxaała territory out along social networks to community members living in far flung urban locales.

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.

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