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Margaret Blackman

PhD,The Ohio State University

"Anthropology is unparalleled in its capacity to take you to new places, to open the world and allow you see it and yourself in new ways."


Area of Specialization

Oral history, Life history, Ethnohistory, Humanistic Anthropology, art and aesthetics, Native North America—Arctic and Northwest Coast

Research Projects

“Faces of the Nunamiut” a study of maskmaking in the Nunamiut Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, the relationship of this art for the market to traditional knowledge of the land and its resources.

Selected Publications

2005(Co- editor with Molly Lee) Making It:  Creating Artifacts  in the Anthropological Setting. Special Section Alaska Journal of Anthropology 2(1-2).
2005“Focus on the Fridge,” Gastronomica:  The Journal of Food and Culture 5(4): 32-37.
2004Upside Down:  Seasons among the Nunamiut.  Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press.
200299721:  The Place of Many Caribou Droppings.  Folklore Forum 33 (1-2):35-44
1999Death Comes to the Anthropologist:  Reflections on the Haida Morturary Potlatch.  In, Perspectives on Dying.and Death  Edited by Kathleen Hunter, pp. 93-98.  Madison, WI:  Coursewise Publishing. 
1997In Their Own Images:  The Anaktuvuk Pass Skin Mask.  American Indian Art Magazine 22(4):58-67.
1992During My Time:  Florence Edenshaw Davidson, A Haida Woman.  Seattle:  University of Washington Press.  Revised and enlarged edition.
1989Sadie Brower Neakok, An Iñupiaq Woman.  Seattle:  University of Washington Press.

Last Updated 3/30/12


Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (2 radio 30 minute shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30 minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us for our M.H.Stewart Speaker, Dr. Thomas Gibson, who will talk on "Indigenous Rights in the Philippines," on Monday, October 26th at 3:30-4:45 PM in the LAB auditorium.106