Margaret Bruchac

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

2007 PhD at University of Massachusetts Amherst; 2003 MA at University of Massachusetts Amherst; 1999 BA and Smith Scholar at Smith College

Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous Studies



Penn News Articles:

"The Stand at Standing Rock" on Omnia

"Penn’s Margaret Bruchac Uses Unique Approach to Identify Native American Objects" in Penn News

"Penn Introduces Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor" in School of Arts and Sciences SAS Frontiers

"Penn adds Native American Studies Minor" in Penn Current

Courses Taught:

ANTH268 Anthropology of Museums

ANTH307/607 Contemporary Native Americans

ANTH308 Ethnohistory of the Native Northeast

ANTH328 Performing Culture, Native American Arts

Current Research:

WAMPUM - Restorative research on historical wampum beads, strings, belts, and collars in Northeastern museums.
Research Blog: "On the Wampum Trail"

FRANK SPECK - Tracking links among Frank Speck's research, publications, museum collections, and Indigenous communities.
Research Blog: "The Speck Connection"

Research Interests:

Museum Anthropology: material culture, curation and representation, cultural patrimony, living history interpretation, repatriation. Native American Studies: Indigenous epistemologies, colonial encounters, ethnohistory, transculturalism, sovereignty. Cultural Expression: performance, cultural recovery, language revitalization, Indigenous arts and technologies, oral traditions, ethnomusicology, visual anthropology. Indigenous Archaeologies: historical memory, material analysis, decolonizing theory, cultural resource management.



Forthcoming in Spring 2018. Margaret M. Bruchac. Savage Kin: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

2012. Margaret M. Bruchac. Dreaming Again: Algonkian Indian Poems. Bowman Books, Northeastern Native Authors Series. Greenfield Center, NY: Greenfield Review Press. 

2010. Margaret M. Bruchac, Siobhan Hart, and H. Martin Wobst, eds. Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader in Decolonization. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

2004. Frederique Apffel-Marglin and Margaret M. Bruchac. Exorcising Anthropology’s Demons. Dissenting Knowledges Pamphlet Series No. 2. Penang, Malaysia: Multiversity and Citizens International. 

ARTICLES (partial list)

2017. Margaret M. Bruchac. Living Pasts: On Anthropological Being and Beings. History of Anthropology Newsletter 41 (2017).

2017. Margaret M. Bruchac. Ephemeral Encounters and Material Evidence. Anthropology News. Open access November 2016.

2016. Margaret M. Bruchac. Hill Town Touchstone: Reconsidering William Apess and Colrain, Massachusetts. Early American Studies (Fall 2016):712-748. 

2014. Margaret M. Bruchac. My Sisters Will Not Speak: Boas, Hunt, and the Ethnographic Silencing of First Nations Women. Curator: The Museum Journal 57(2):151-171.

2014. Margaret M. Bruchac. Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Knowledge. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Claire Smith, ed., chapter 10, pp. 3814-3824. New York, NY: Springer Science and Business Media.

2014. Margaret M. Bruchac. Decolonization in Archaeological Theory. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Claire Smith, ed., chapter 258, pp. 2069-2077. New York, NY: Springer Science and Business Media.

2013. Margaret M. Bruchac. Art or Patrimony? Indigenous Objects in the International Art Market. Anthropology News, 54 (7-8).

2012. Margaret M. Bruchac and Siobhan M. Hart. Materiality and Autonomy in the Pocumtuck Homeland. Archaeologies, Journal of the World Archaeological Congress 8(3):293-312.

2011. Margaret M. Bruchac. Revisiting Pocumtuck History in Deerfield: George Sheldon’s Vanishing Indian Act. Historical Journal of Massachusetts 39(1/2) (June 2011):30-77. 75th Commemorative Issue.

2010. Margaret M. Bruchac. Lost and Found: NAGPRA, Scattered Relics and Restorative Methodologies. Museum Anthropology 33(2):137–156. Theme issue: “Looking Back, Looking Forward: NAGPRA after Two Decades.”

2010. Margaret M. Bruchac. Constructing Indigenous Associations for NAGPRA Compliance. Anthropology News 51(3):5,8 (March 2010). Invited column for special theme issue: “Repatriation.” 

2010. Margaret M. Bruchac. Ownership, Representation, and Repatriation. Anthropology News, 53 (1), 41-42.

2006. Marge Bruchac. Abenaki Connections to 1704: The Sadoques Family and Deerfield, 2004. In Captive Histories: Captivity Narratives, French Relations and Native Stories of the 1704 Deerfield Raid. Evan Haefeli and Kevin Sweeney, eds. Pp. 262-278. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.

2006. Michael F. Brown and Margaret M. Bruchac. NAGPRA from the Middle Distance: Legal Puzzles and Unintended Consequences. In Imperialism, Art, and Restitution. John H. Merryman, ed. Pp. 193-217. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2005. Margaret M. Bruchac. Earthshapers and Placemakers: Algonkian Indian Stories and the Landscape. In Indigenous Archaeologies: Decolonizing Theory and Practice. H. Martin Wobst and Claire Smith, eds. Pp. 56-80. London: Routledge Press.

2004. Margaret M. Bruchac. Native Presence in Nonotuck and Northampton. In A Place Called Paradise: Culture and Community in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1654-2004. Kerry Buckley, ed. Pp. 18-38. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.

TECHNICAL REPORTS (partial list)

2010. Margaret M. Bruchac. Affidavit Regarding Request for Repatriation of Wampum Belts at Sotheby’s. Report prepared for testimony for the Haudenosaunee Standing Committee on Burial Rules and Regulations, Onondaga Nation, Syracuse, NY.

2009. Margaret M. Bruchac. Handling Report: Handling and Transfer of Native American Skeletal Remains from the Middle Connecticut River Valley and Western Massachusetts at Amherst College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst c. 1865-present. Report to Five College Repatriation Committee, Amherst, MA.

2007. Robert Paynter, Margaret M. Bruchac, Laurie Castonguay, Siobhan M. Hart, and Angela Labrador. Summary of Findings Regarding the Cultural Affiliation of Native American Collections from the Middle Connecticut River Valley. Report to Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

2006. Margaret M. Bruchac. Report of Progress on Compliance with NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), FY 2005-2006. Report to Provost, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.


2016 - 2017. Career Enhancement Faculty Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton, NJ.

2015 - 2017. “Fictive Kin: Re-assembling Frank Speck’s Native Relations and Collections.” Faculty Research Grant from the University Research Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

2014 - present. “On the Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in North American Museums.” Summer Travel Grants from the Director’s Field Fund, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA.

2011 - 2012. Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellence in College and University Teaching from the National Research Council of the National Academies, Washington, DC.

2011 - 2012. Katrin H. Lamon Native American Scholar in Residence, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM.

2011. Phillips Fund for Native American Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.

2010. Franklin Library Resident Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.

2007. McLellan Distinguished Visiting Professorship in North Country History and Culture. History Department, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, NY.

2006 - 2007. Visiting Indigenous Fellowship and Native American Community Liaison, History Department and Folklore Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

2004 - 2005. Five College Minority Dissertation Fellowship and Visiting Faculty in Anthropology, Amherst College, Amherst, MA.


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On sabbatical 2016-2017. Contact via email for appointments.




Coordinator, Native American & Indigenous Studies Initiative; Chair, Faculty Working Group on Native American Studies; Associate Faculty, Penn Cultural Heritage Center