Anna J. Willow
Dr. Anna J. Willow
The Ohio State University (Marion Campus)
1465 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, Ohio 43302
Phone: (740) 725-6259
Dr. Willow’s main
research interests include environmental anthropology, environmental
justice, landscape, ethnohistory, Native North American studies,
Anishinaabe/Ojibwe language and culture, and environmental education
and behavior. She has investigated and written extensively about
the cultural and political dimensions of Anishinaabe anti-clearcutting
activism in northwestern Ontario, Canada. In addition, Dr. Willow
has worked with Anishinaabe communities in northern Wisconsin to
document the historical and contemporary importance of wild rice and
other culturally significant natural resources. More recently, she
analyzed indigenous individuals’ and tribes’ responses to an
invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer (EAB), which has the
potential to devastate populations of black ash (an important
basketry material throughout northeastern North America).
Dr. Willow recently received a grant
from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research to
explore the cultural and political dimensions of indigenous
participation in boreal forest conservation initiatives. She is
also developing a local ethnographic project that will
consider the sociocultural
contexts and consequences of unconventional natural gas development
(also known as hydraulic fracturing or simply “fracking”) in Ohio.
Strong Hearts, Native
Lands: The Cultural and Political Landscape of Anishinaabe Anti-Clearcutting
Activism. Albany: State University of New York Press. 2012.
(Published concurrently in Canada by the University of Manitoba
Press as Strong Hearts, Native Lands: Anti-Clearcutting Activism at
Grassy Narrows First Nation).
Place Membership, Environmental Justice, and the Remaking of
Indigenous-Environmentalist Relationships in Canada’s Boreal
Forest. (pdf) Human Organization 71(4)371-382. 2012
Conceiving Kakipitatapitmok: The Political Landscape of Anishinaabe
Anti-Clearcutting Activism. (pdf) American Anthropologist
Species Management: Native North Americans and the Emerald Ash Borer
(EAB) Beetle. CAFE (Culture, Agriculture, Food, and
Environment) Journal 33(2):70-82. 2011.
Images of Indians in Environmental Education: Anthropological
Reflections on the Politics and History of Cultural Representation.
(pdf) American Indian Culture and Research Journal 34(1):
Cultivating Common Ground: Cultural Revitalization in Anishinaabe
and Anthropological Discourse. (pdf) American Indian
Quarterly 34(1): 33-60. 2010.
Clear-cutting and Colonialism: The Ethnopolitical
Dynamics of Indigenous Environmental Activism in Northwestern
Ontario. (pdf) Ethnohistory 56(1): 35-67.
Where Nature and Culture
Meet: Culturally Significant Natural Resources. In A Companion
to Cultural Resource Management. Thomas F. King, ed. Pp.
114-127. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 2011.
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