Anthropology Day Lecture with Dr. Margaret Bruchac

february, 2022

17feb6:00 pmFeaturedAnthropology Day Lecture with Dr. Margaret BruchacInstitute for American Indian Studies6:00 pm

Event Details

Thursday, February 17th @ 6:00pm

In recognition of International Anthropology Day, we welcome Dr. Margaret Bruchac (Abenaki), Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, for a virtual presentation. In a talk entitled “Of Animacy and Afterlives: Material Memories in Wampum Collections,” Dr. Bruchac will discuss a unique category of ethnographic objects: Northeastern Native American wooden clubs and bowls embedded with wampum beads. These 17th century Algonkian and Haudenosaunee objects include re-purposed beads that appear to have been removed from a woven wampum collar or belt. Heretofore, these wampum inclusions have been interpreted as merely decorative, but their true significance is best understood by considering the symbolic messaging of diplomacy and conflict in these and other objects of power. Join Dr. Bruchac for a presentation and discussion to be hosted on Zoom.

In order to obtain Zoom link, please visit to register through Eventbrite. Questions? Please call (860) 868-0518 or email [email protected].


(Thursday) 6:00 pm