MISSOULA – Aaron Brien, a Crow scholar and faculty member at Salish Kootenai College, will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in University of Montana Payne Family Native American Center Room 105.
The lecture, which is hosted by UM’s Modern and Classical Languages Program and the Department of Anthropology, is titled “From Informant to Investigator: My Approach to Archaeology.” The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture’s title draws from the history of American Indians serving as informants for cultural anthropologists and other scholars. Brien will share his own experiences as the anthropologist who serves as investigator, educator, steward and descendant community representative.
“Aaron has transformational perspectives relevant to the ethical requirements of practicing archaeology in the modern world,” said Kelly Dixon, UM anthropology professor. “His work is a symbol of the future of Indigenous scholars’ impacts on cultural heritage fields. We are fortunate that he is working in this region and that he is teaching the next generation relevant lessons for navigating the future of resource protection in the 21st century.”
Brien is a member of the Apsaalooke Nation, Big Lodge Clan and child of the Whistling Water Clan. He also is a member of the Night Hawk Dance Society. He was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, and was raised on the Crow Reservation’s Center Lodge (Reno) District. Brien earned master’s degree from UM’s Department of Anthropology and currently teaches archaeology and Native American studies at SKC. He also has experience working as a cultural consultant on a National Geographic project.