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Bernard C. Perley

Bernard C. Perley is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, and teaches courses for Global Studies and the Honors College as well as Anthropology. His current research interests include a critical analysis of global indigenous practices of repatriating various fields of sovereignty and self-determination such as language, culture, identity, governance, and economics. Perley’s ongoing research on the integration of language, landscape, and culture were the foci of his ethnography Defying Maliseet Language Death: Emergent Vitalities of Language, Culture, and Identity in Eastern Canada (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).  He builds from that research by expanding the analysis to identify indigenous strategies of exercising self-determination as an expression of traditional practices of a trickster (or, Coyote) ethos in dealing with settler society State structures and institutions.