I am the founder and director of The Native Canoe Program, housed in the Department of American Indian Studies. This program uses traditional Indigenous watercraft and Indigenous water-based ecological knowledge and technology from across Oceania and the Native Great Lakes and Mississippi River to advance community-engaged research, teaching, and service. This program also mixes hands-on, experiential learning and teaching with advanced visualization technologies of Virtual and Augmented Realities, through collaboration with UMN's Interactive Visualization Lab, headed by Prof. Daniel Keefe of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D: History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, California, 1992 -
  • M.A: Political Science, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, 1984 -
  • Graduate Certificate: Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, 1984 -
  • B.A.: Political Science, University of Hawai'i, Manoa, 1982 -


  • I am an interdisciplinary scholar (History, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Comparative and Global Indigenous Studies) who specializes in critical indigenous studies in North America and the Pacific Ocean region. I have researched and published in topi...