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Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Oral Tradition and Oral History


The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling is overjoyed to announce the appointment of Dr Bimadoshka Pucan, of Saugeen First Nation, to the position of Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Oral Tradition and Oral History. Dr Pucan earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, graduating in Spring 2019. Dr Pucan discovered a 1930s wax cylinder audio collection, recorded with Robert Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson, and Dr. Edwin Seaborn. The recordings share conversations, songs, and stories of the Anishinaabeg, and were recorded during a time when it was illegal for the Indigenous people of Canada to practice their culture or speak their language. The collection, which belongs to the London and Regional Art and Historical Museum (LRAHM), is one of many such collections across Canada. Wax cylinders are a very fragile medium and must be handled with great care and with the most recent technology in order to be safely digitized. And, as reservoirs of the voices and oral traditions of Indigenous people, they raise fascinating and crucial questions about the relationships between settler collecting institutions and the Indigenous communities whose cultures they gather and represent.


Dr Pucan's dissertation, her published work, and her 2018 exhibition at the LRAHM all explore these important themes, which will also be the subject of her Canada Research Chair at Concordia. Dr Pucan will be cross-appointed to First Peoples Studies and to the Department of History. COHDS will be her research home. She is the first Indigenous scholar and the first woman to hold a CRC at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. We could not be happier to welcome Dr Pucan to COHDS, to Concordia, and to Montreal in Fall 2020.

Welcome Dr Pucan!


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