Robert Brightman (Emeritus)
Ruth C. Greenberg Professor of Native American Studies
Ph.D. 1983 University of Chicago
M.A. 1976 University of Chicago
B.A. 1973 Reed College
Native North America [esp. Subarctic, California, Southeast]
Linguistic Typology and Functional Syntax
Structuralism and Semiotics
Ontologies and Subjectivities
Transgression and Deviance
Anthropology and Literature
History of Anthropology
In Progress: Books, Reports, Articles
Aboriginal Membership Practices of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Their Historical Continuation. Prepared for the case Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Dakota McGillivary, Diane Lehmann, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, Federal Court File No. T-1975-93. [report]
Fear and Loathing in Hunter-Gatherer Arcadia: Primordialism, Primitivism, and Ur-Savagery. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press. [book]
Cotexts, Contexts, and Cultures of Algonquian Noun Gender. Language and Communication. [article]
2012. Heart of Ice: The Legend, Condition, and Prophecy of Windigo. Christian Tizya, director. Watson Street Pictures. [interview]
2013 “In the old days, you can go live anywhere”: Cree and Canadian Indian Affairs Rules of Band Membership. 10th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies. Liverpool, 23-28 June 2013
2012. Discussant: Panel on “Crossings from Present to Past: History of Anthropology in Anthropological Practice.” 111th Annual American Anthropological Association Meetings, San Francisco, CA, November 16-20.
2011. Context and Cotext in Plains Cree Gender Shifts. 43rd Annual Algonquian Conference. Ann Arbor, MI Oct. 20-23.
2010. “Irony and Ontology in Luiseno Cosmogony.” Society for Cultural Anthropology Spring Conference Program on “Natureculture” Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 7-9.
2008. Discussant for Organized Session “Hunting Windigo: The Cannibal Spirit in Folklore, History and Film. 13th Rupert’s Land Colloquium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, May 14-16.
2004.Beneath the Valley of 4th World Monism. Invited plenary session paper for Conference on The Nature of Spirits: Human and Non-Human Beings in Amerindian Cosmologies. Laval University, Québec City, Québec, April.
____. 2007. Nature and Culture in the Bush. La nature des esprits dans les cosmologies autochtones. F. Laugrand and Jarich Oosten, eds. Pp.31-44. Québec: Les Presses de L’Université Laval.
____. 2006. North American Indian Culture and Culture Theory. Native
American Cultures, Histories, and Representations. Pauline Strong and Sergei Kan, eds. Pp. 351-384. Lincoln: University of Nebraska
____. 2004. Chitimacha. Handbook of North American Indians. Volume 14:
Southeast. R. Fogelson, ed. Pp. 642-652. Washington D.C: Smithsonian Institution.
____. 2003. Jaime de Angulo and Alfred Kroeber: Bohemians and Bourgeois
in Berkeley Anthropology. History of Anthropology Volume 10: Significant Others. R. Handler, ed. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
____. 2002. Totemism Reconsidered (Co-author Raymond Fogelson). Anthropology, History, and American Indians: Essays in Honor of William Curtis Sturtevant. W. Merrill and I. Goddard, eds. Pp. 305-314. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
____. 1999. Traditions of Subversion and the Subversion of Tradition: Cultural Criticism in Maidu Clown Performances. American Anthropologist 101(2): 272-287.
____. 1996. Biology, Taboo, and Gender Politics in the Sexual Division of Foraging
Labor. Comparative Studies in Society and History 38(4): 687-729
____. 1995. Forget Culture: Replacement, Transcendence, Relexification. Cultural
____. 1989. Primitivism in Missinipi Cree Historical Consciousness. 1989. Man 25:399-418.
____. 1989. Tricksters and Ethnopoetics. International Journal of American Linguistics 55(2):179-203.
____. 1988. Windigo in the Material World. Ethnohistory 35(4):337-379.
____. 1993. Grateful Prey: Rock Cree Human-Animal Relationships. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 1-396.
____. 1989. Aca∂ohkiwina and Acimowina: Traditional Narratives of the Rock Cree Indians. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization. Pp. 1-223
____. 1988. Co-author: Jennifer Brown. The Orders of the Dreamed: George Nelson on Cree and Northern Ojibwa Religion and Legend. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press . Pp. 1-226.