Ethnographer | Ecographer

Social Justice, Ecological Sustainability, Public Anthropology, Global Health

Projects Completed

Mai & Newton, 2007

  • March- April 2011 to Oct-November 2013:  Biannual lectures in Pondicherry, India for Kulturstudier of Norway re:  Anthropology of Religion and Power.
  • August 2011: Interviewer for videography re: Raising the Two Brothers Totem Pole, Jasper National Park. The Two Brothers video is also available on YouTube

Two Brothers Pole, carved by Jaalen and Gwaii Edenshaw, raised July 16 2011

•Worked with Videographer Patrick Wade of Sans Arme Publications, and the Aboriginal Liaison Office, Jasper National Park, Alberta.

  • June 2010: Consultant to Aboriginal Liaison Officer in the Jasper National Park, Alberta. Project Deliverables:

• Request for Project Approval (funding) for project entitled Changing Relationships: Métis of the Upper Athabasca Valley completed for submission.
• Final draft Design Document for the 4-yr Changing Relationships: Métis of the Upper Athabasca Valley project. Design Document aligned to Parks Canada’s Métis Project Assessment Criteria, and included:

o Project activities and personnel plan
o Local and academic partnerships
o Draft budget
o Evaluation plan

• Suggested plan for roll-out and integration of Métis Reconciliation-Elders Council and other Métis community relations projects with the Changing Relationships: Métis of the Upper Athabasca Valley project.

  • March-April 2010: Guest Lectures re: Anthrpology, Health and Ecography of Melanesia completed for Coral Princess Expeditions. Provided cultural interpretation and edutainment for an expedition voyaging from New Caledonia, through Vanuatu, Solomons Islands, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and concluding in Cairns, Australia.
  • October – December 2009: Business Marketing & Development Advisor, Ubud Rice Farmer, Bali, Indonesia.Short term project to assist farmers concerned with protection of rice-farming cultural heritage and livelihoods, the local ecosystem and quality of water in the ‘subak’ systems, currently under pressure from development & ‘retirement tourism’. Developed a social enterprise business model conjoining farming with tourist education services; We created a business plan, marketing strategy, brand identity (“Ubud Rice Farmer”), designed tours, brochures, business cards and a blog for social media and internet exposure.
  • January 2009: HIV Programme Manager, World Vision Pacific Development Group. Based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and offering technical expertise to offices in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Designed Child and Youth Rescue from HIV & gender-based violence project for Bougainville, including training for Village Birth Attendants, wrote the Expression of Interest for WVPDG’s GFATM Round Nine submission, worked with the PNG CCM to quality assess the draft submission for GFATM Round 9, and managed HIV-prevention and positive living project coordinators working in the National Capital District and Madang province.
  • September 2007: HIV-AIDS Program Capacity Advisor, Provincial AIDS Committee, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.

    Poster Produced by participants at an HIV prevention workshop, PNG.

    HIV Capacity Building project funded by AusAID, in cooperation with the government of Papua New Guinea, CUSO and AVI.

  • May – August 2007: International Articulation Advisor, Tupou Tertiary Institute, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Project Mission: assist TTI to establish credentials for Articulation Agreements with Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) and University of Hawai’i at West O’ahu (UHWO).
  • Jan – June 2007: Scholar-Facilitator, Kapi’olani Hospital, Honolulu, Hawai’i, for the inaugural offering (in Hawai’i) of the Literature &Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® programme by the Hawaii Council for the Hummanities. This is a national, award-winning, hospital-based and scholar-led humanities reading and discussion program for health care professionals. It has been found to benefit both care professionals and their patients. Funded by the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities.
  • Jan – May 2007 . Grants Writer and Strategist, South Seas Women’s Development Group. Project director, Mrs. Emeline Keiti Fusimalohi. Current project: Royal Lauhala for Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, Honolulu, Hi. SSWDG received $40,000 to produce new pandanus floor mats for the museum. Mats will be woven from pandanus processed on Ha’ano, Ha’apai, and plaited in Tonga under the direction of the princess Nanasi Pau’u. Completed mats imported to O’ahu, for final fitting by Pacific islands women living in Hawai’i. Project start date: April 2007.
  • 2005-present: Cultural advisor for ECOcare Pacific Trust. Sustainable development, education and health oriented NGO, based in New Zealand.
  • 2003-2004: University of Hawai’i Faculty Senate initiated research into affordable housing and budget oversight.

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  • 1999-2000: Community-based participatory action cultural revitalization project involving re-discovering traditional textile skills development with Métis women and at-risk street youth. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
  • 2000: Steering Committee of the Rural, Northern and Remote Health Conference, reporting to the federal Minister of Health.
  • 1995-1996: Applied anthropological research on perceptions of risk among sport fishers and urban poor, fishing in and consuming from polluted watersheds, for Health Canada.
  • July 1991 – Feb 1993: Maternal-Child Health Practices. International Development and Research Centre (Canada) funded research in rural Tonga. Project examined the intersections of women’s work, international health promotion agendas, cultural constructions of health and mothers’ child care practices in a relatively isolated atoll community.

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