Michael Brewster-Wray, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant of Anthropology

(317) 955-6583
Marian Hall, Room 308
Michael Brewster-Wray

Michael Brewster-Wray, Ph.D., is an Adjunct professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Brewster-Wray received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Indiana University.

My current research is an investigation of the adaptations made by Native American communities to the European settlements in the 17th and 18th centuries and the development of the new Métis community in the Great Lake region.  I am interested in how traditional belief systems, such as that embodied in the Grand Medicine Society, allowed people from many different backgrounds (including European) to come together to begin to form a new community.

I am also interested in the cultural similarities and differences in all Native American cultures in both North and South America.

Research interests

  • Social structure and Adaptation
  • Native economic systems and labor Organization
  • Native American ceremonialism and world view
  • Development of complex societies (Andean and Mesoamerican)
  • Traditional technologies
  • Native American environmental utilization and sustainability

Courses taught

  • SOC 175  Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOC 275  Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 315  Native North American Culture History
  • SOC 248  Introduction to Archaeology

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