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Biographical Info

I received my B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  I have research and teaching interests on topics relevant to Native American and First Nations archaeology, ethnohistory and anthropology, particularly in the Great Lakes region of North America.  Current and ongoing work has focused on the ways in which traditional Indigenous knowledge is used as a tool of mediation between issues of identity, cultural and natural resource heritages, and economic development in the context of local and state level political negotiations.  In addition, I continue to examine the ways in which hunter-gatherer landscapes during the Woodland period of northwestern Ontario were created and maintained through the use of material markers such as rock-art sites, natural landmarks, habitation sites, etc. for purposes of structuring information exchange, regional population mobility, subsistence activities, and social organization.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • Environmental and Heritage Resource Management
  • Landscape and Applied Geospatial Studies
  • Traditional Knowledge Systems
  • North American Archaeology
  • Archaeology Policy and Law
  • NAPGRA and Repatriation
  • Public and Applied Archaeology
  • Community Based Participatory Research Methods


Norder,John  (2012) ‘The invention and endurance of memory and place among First Nations of northwestern Ontario,Canada’, International Journal ofHistorical Archaeology (special issue), L. Russell and S. Jones (guest eds)

Norder,John (2012) Landscapes of Memory and Presence in the Canadian Shield. in L. Sundstrom and W. Deboer (eds), Enduring Motives: the archaeology of tradition and religion in Native America, pp. 361-381. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Norder, John and Jon Carroll (2011) Rock art in the Lake of the Woods region of Ontario: an applied geospatial approach. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research 2(4):77-92

Norder, John (2010) ‘Archaeology, Ancestral Bodies, and Native American Identity in the New Millennium: commentary on colonial and postcolonial identities’, in J. Lydon and U. Rizvi (eds), Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology,World Archaeological Congress Research Handbooks in Archaeology Series vol. 3, pp.393-399. Left Coast Press, Inc., Walnut Creek.

Norder, John and Uzma Rizvi (2008) ‘Reassessing the present for an archaeology of the future: Equity, Diversity, and Change, The SAA Archaeological Record 8(4):12-14

Norder, John (2007) ‘Iktomi in the Land of the Maymaygwayshi: understanding lived experience in the practice of archaeology among American Indians/First Nations’, Archaeologies 3(3):230-248.