John William Norder received his B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has research and teaching interests on topics relevant to Native American and First Nations archaeology, ethnohistory and anthropology, particularly in the Great Lakes region of North America. Current and ongoing work has focused on the ways in which traditional Indigenous knowledge is used as a tool of mediation between issues of identity, cultural and natural resource heritages, and economic development in the context of local and state level political negotiations. In addition, he continues to examine the ways in which hunter-gatherer landscapes during the Woodland period of northwestern Ontario were created and maintained through the use of material markers such as rock-art sites, natural landmarks, habitation sites, etc. for purposes of structuring information exchange, regional population mobility, subsistence activities, and social organization.
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