Heather (Pua) Medeiros, Professor of Anthropology

Background

Pua MedeirosI am a Canadian Indian (Cree-Metis) from British Columbia.  I used to teach at a community college and a tribal college for several years while working as a researcher on several projects for the Gitxsan tribe in her home community.  For 11 years, I was a faculty member in the First Nations Studies department at the University of Northern British Columbia.  In 2002, I earned my Doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Alberta.  I came to Hawaiʻi in 2004 and has taught part time in the anthropology department since then. 

Current Research

Pua‘s research interests have included oral history, traditional environmental knowledge, indigenous spirituality and shamanism, indigenous epistemologies and indigenous perspectives on archaeological practice.  Her recent interests include contemporary Hawaiian tatooing and the mahu/gay interface.