Patricia Pierce Erikson

Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology

Spring 2011

Phone (207) -
Title Adjunct Lecturer
Department Sociology And Anthropology
Work Location Adams Hall
Patricia Pierce Erikson


Ph.D. University of California-Davis
M.A. University of California-Davis
B.A. Smith College

Patricia Pierce Erikson is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the culture, history, and social movements of Indigenous Peoples of North America (including the United States, Mexico, and Canada). The geographic focus of her doctoral dissertation was the Pacific Northwest Coast, Mexico (Oaxaca), and transnational indigenous organizations that bridged North America's political boundaries. She remains engaged with indigenous peoples in these locations; however, recently shifting to Wabanaki-centered work, more specifically indigenous pedagogy. Whereas popular culture forms and heritage organizations provided the sites for her topical focus previously, Erikson has moved her work into the epistemological domain of public school curriculum. This was a shift that started when she worked as a Curator in Washington State and collaborated with the Nisqually Tribe to produce Nisqually curricular materials. The Wabanaki tribes of Maine have struggled for decades to influence Native American-related content in the schools and to re-shape the knowledge-making process about indigenous peoples in Maine. The history and current status of this movement, including implementation of what is commonly known as the "LD291 initiative" fascinates her.

Voices of a Thousand People The Makah Cultural and Research Center Patricia Pierce Erikson, with Helma Ward and Kirk WachendorfErikson's prior research resulted in the publication of the book "Voices of a Thousand People: The Makah Cultural and Research Center" (University of Nebraska Press), three book chapters, and eighteen articles (not including reviews), as well as wide-ranging scholarly lectures. Collectively, these publications express theoretical specialization in the intersection between indigenous social movements, epistemology, and nationalism. Erikson's Ph.D. is from the University of California-Davis in Cultural Anthropology and Native American Studies.

Professor Erikson blogs on cultural history in Maine at