Cultural Studies Adjunct: Jason Jackson

Book Cover: Yuchi Ceremonial LifeI am a folklorist and ethnologist whose teaching and research work bridges the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and ethnomusicology. I have collaborated with Native American communities in Oklahoma (USA) since 1993, when I began a lifelong personal and research relationship with the Yuchi people. My studies concern, most centrally, the nature of customary arts, practices and beliefs and the role that these play in social life. In addition to the ethnography and ethnology of Eastern North America, I am increasingly also pursuing projects exploring emerging issues (often quite contested) in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property and heritage policy. Lastly, most of my career has been spent working as a curator in museum contexts and I remain deeply engaged with research in, and teaching about, museums, especially museums of art and ethnography. In 2009, I will conclude a term as the editor of the long-standing journal Museum Anthropology and I recently founded and now edit the open access journal Museum Anthropology Review. Among my current projects is a book on the role of community rituals in shaping historical consciousness among the native peoples of Eastern North America. In this project I am seeking to extend the arguments of my first book, Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning and Tradition in a Contemporary American  Indian Community (University of Nebraska Press, 2003).  Learn more about my teaching, curatorial and research work online at:

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