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Michael Brewster-Wray, Ph.D.

IMG_6892_webMichael Brewster-Wray is an adjunct professor of anthropology at Marian University, Department of History and Social Sciences. Dr. Brewster-Wray received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York – Binghamton, and has taught anthropology in as diverse settings as the private college of Harwick in upstate New York to the Northwest Indian Tribal college on the Puyallup and Nisqually reservations in Washington state. He has also done Archaeological investigations in New England, Mid-west, Northwest coast, and South America.

His current research has focused upon Algonquin cosmology and the role of the Midéwiwin “Grand Medicine Society” in forming a new culture, bringing Europeans and Native peoples from many different nations together in the communities of the Great Lakes Region.

Research Interests

Native American Culture

Development of complex societies (Andean and Mesoamerican)

The importance of cosmology in social organization, economics etc.

Courses Taught

SOC-175, Introduction to Anthropology

SOC-248, Introduction to Archaeology

SOC-275, Cultural Anthropology

SOC-315, Native North American Culture History

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