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Featured Fellow: Brian Daniels

Mellon Fellowship


Daniels has an extended ethnographic commitment to western North America, where he has worked with Native communities on issues surrounding heritage rights, repatriation, and recognition. As a joint-degree student he is currently at work writing two dissertations: one about the political uses of heritage laws by Indigenous communities and the other about museums, preservation laws, and the production of history in the United States.  — Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives, Susan Sleeper, ed.


Brian Daniels, who received his bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from S.F. State, was named an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies for his research on the impacts of the California Gold Rush on Shasta Indian culture. 


Brian has gone on to study for a doctorate in history and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Read an excerpt of Brian’s essay: “Reimagining Tribal Sovereignty through Tribal History: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in the Klamath River Region.”



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