John Norder

  • Associate Professor - Department of Anthropology


340 Baker Hall

Research Interests

  • Community-based participatory research methods
  • North American Indigenous peoples
  • Traditional ecological and cultural knowledge systems
  • Historic and ancestral landscape use
  • Landscape and applied geospatial methodologies
  • Environmental and social justice
  • North American archaeology
  • Public and applied archaeology
  • Heritage policy and law (NAGPRA, NHPA, NEPA)

Biographical Info

John Norder is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, both located in North Dakota. He received his B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on Indigenous Ethnohistory and Archaeology.  He has pursued collaborative research on a variety of topics with U.S. Tribes, Canadian First Nations and a number of Indigenous organizations on topics ranging from historical landscape use to environmental resource management and economic development. His independent research has examined the role of pre-Contact rock art and other important places in structuring both past and contemporary social relations and landscape engagements of Anishinaabek peoples of Northwestern Ontario, Canada; the origins and expansion of Native American pipe ceremonialism including its later appropriation by the United States in treaty negotiations; and most recently the construction, valuation, and use of Indigenous knowledge as a part of community and land-based education initatives among tribes in the Great Lakes region.


Norder, John (2018) Listen for the Echo of Drums Across the Water: rock art sites as engaged community research in Ontario, in S. Silliman (ed.) Engaging Archaeology: 25 case studies in research practice, Wiley-Blackwell publishing , pp. 71-78.

Norder, John and Dagmara Zawadzka (2016) What the Places Teach Us: challenges for cultural tourism and indigenous stewardship of rock art sites in the North American Midcontinent, in Rock Art and the Contemporary World: symbols, meaning and significance, University press of Colorado, pp. 59-82.

Norder, John, Heather Howard, Deborah McGregor (2015) Measuring the Pulse of the Forest: forest cultural services relationship assessment, report on file with the Sustainable Development Institute of the College of Menominee Nation.

Norder,John  (2012) ‘The invention and endurance of memory and place among First Nations of northwestern Ontario,Canada’, International Journal of Historical Archaeology (special issue), L. Russell and S. Jones (guest eds) 16(2):385-400.

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, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, pp. 361-381.

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. (reprinted in 2013 in D. Albert and G. R. Dobbs (eds.) Emerging Methods of Multidisciplinary Applications in Geospatial Research, IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 77-93)

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, Left Coast Press, Inc., Walnut Creek, pp. 361-381.

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.