Introducing our next guest blogger: Tad McIlwraith

Please join me in welcoming our guest blogger: “Thomas ‘Tad’ McIlwraith”: Tad currently teaches anthropology at both the University College of the Fraser Valley and Capilano College in British Columbia. He is also self-employed as a cultural research consultant.

In his spare time (!), Tad blogs on “Fieldnotes: Notes on the Anthropology of British Columbia”: In fact, this is where I became familiar with Tad’s writing skills and interests! Although his blog is mainly geared toward his students to encourage them to discuss anthropological issues, anyone is welcome to read the blog and to leave comments. A thoughtful reply is practically guaranteed!

Tad’s professional interests include linguistic anthropology and environmental anthropology, particularly among Aboriginal communities in British Columbia, Canada. He is a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico. His dissertation, entitled “But We Are Still Didene’: Living Lives as Hunters in a Northern Athapaskan Village,” deals with the value of hunting at Iskut British Columbia. In 1995, Tad completed a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. His thesis was entitled “Construction of Local and Pan-Indian Elements in Contemporary Stó:lō Identity.”

Tad has been the recipient of several “grants and awards”: such as a research grant from the Melville Jacobs Fund and a graduate fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Less than one year after the completion of his Master’s, he “published”: an article in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal entitled “The Problem of Imported Culture: The Construction of Contemporary Stó:lo Identity”. Since then, he has edited and co-authored a few creative works and reports and has presented several conference papers. One publication of special note, in my opinion, is ““’Kuji K’at Dahdahwhesdetch’ (Now I Told All of You): Stories Told at Iskut, British Columbia, by Iskut Tahltan Elders” which he co-authored with Istuk Village Elders and for which he received funding from the Endandered Languages Fund.

The overarching theme of Tad’s series of blogs on Savage Minds will be the character of Canadian anthropology. He will get us started with a piece on the relevance of “national anthropologies.”

Welcome Tad! I look forward to reading your work!

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