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:

"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:

ANTH307/607 Contemporary Native Americans

ANTH308 Ethnohistory of the Native Northeast

ANTH328 Performing Culture, Native American Arts

Research Interests:

Museum Anthropology: curation and representation, cultural property and provenance, living history interpretation, repatriation. Native American Studies: Indigenous epistemologies, colonial encounters, ethnohistory, transculturalism, sovereignty. Cultural Expression: performance, cultural recovery, language revitalization, indigenous modern art, oral traditions, ritual, ethnomusicology, visual anthropology. Indigenous Archaeologies: historical memory, material analysis, decolonizing theory, cultural resource management. Research Fellowships and Awards: American Philosophical Society, Five College Minority Fellowship, Ford Foundation, School for Advanced Research, University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Faculty Fellowship, etc.


Current Research: Wampum Construction & Curation:

Restorative research on Indigenous collections in Northeastern museums.

Research Blog:"On the Wampum Trail"


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)

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.

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.” 

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.

2001. Margaret M. Bruchac. Molly Has Her Say. In Keepers of the Morning Star: Native American Women Playwrights. Jaye T. Darby and Stephanie Fitzgerald, eds. Pp. 317-373. Los Angeles, CA: University of California 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.


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. 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.


Marge Bruchac on

416 Penn Museum

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 pm, Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm, and by appointment




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