Northwest Anthropological Conference



  • Calling Central Washington University anthropology alums!

Join current and former CWU anthropology faculty, current students and alums from around the Pacific Northwest from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on March 27, 2014 in Bellingham, WA. CWU's Anthropology Department is hosting an alumni social in conjunction with the Northwest Anthropological Conference for alums who majored or minored in anthropology, museum studies, primate behavior/ecology and resource management studies. Mark your calendar and join us for cocktails and conversation.

Location: Best Western Lakeway Inn and Conference Center 714 Lakeway Dr Bellingham, WA 98229

RSVP by March 20, 2014- space is limited. Contact Kari Anderson at to reserve your space and receive additional information on this alumni event.

  • Calling all atl-atl-ers and wannabe atl-atl-ers!

Continue the conference camaraderie on Saturday after the paper sessions end by throwing atlatls with your colleagues.

We have planned an informal atlatl demonstration/practice session from 12-2pm at Joe Martin Field (the city baseball field) just down the road from the conference venue.

Anybody with their own atlatl(s) should brush up on their skills and bring them (and darts) along. We have a few on hand that will be available for use, but the more atlatls that show up the more fun it will be!

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  • Call for Conference Volunteers

We are looking for undergraduate and graduate student volunteers to assist with NWAC conference preparation in the weeks before the coference (you must be local), and room monitoring, registration management, poster support, etc. during the conference.

If you volunteer 5 hours of time, we will waive your registration fee. There are a limited number of volunteer slots, so please contact Rachael Kannegaard at to commit to volunteering ASAP. Thank you!


  • Is there any interest in studies to form a panel in the following categories?

(a) Research examining waste. I would like to set up a panel as a multi-disciplinary approach to, how discarded objects (whether they are archaeological objects, environmental waste, or part of the landfill) are viewed in different spheres of research.

(b) A panel consisting of research that applies mixed method studies. How are mixed methods important, and do they beckon a more cross-discipline approach to anthropology? How can mixed methodology and drawing inferences from the four fields of anthropology, as well as other disciplines, create new avenues of research and employment for rising anthropologists?

If you are interested, please contact Irena at

  • We are organizing a symposium for NWAC centered on the process and experiences of anthropological research concerning migrant communities and the issues confronting them.

The four contributors involved so far are Western Washington graduate students, all at differing stages of the research process. We are hoping to interact with other anthropologists in the region, students, faculty, or professionals who work with transnational communities.

If you are interested in being a part of our session, please contact Duane Kahler at, or Marinel Kniseley at 479-925-5509.

  • Connections in Context: A panel in honor of the work of Daniel Boxberger.

This year, as Dr. Daniel Boxberger steps down as chair of the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University, we hold this symposium in honor of an important elder.

In his three decades of service, Dr. Boxberger has contributed immensely to the field of anthropology in the Northwest, both as a professor and applied anthropologist, and as an advocate for indigenous rights. Dan’s emphasis on the importance of understanding the contexts of data for analysis, and connections between the past and the present continues to influence many students and colleagues.

This symposium’s topic reflects his attention to “connections in context”. If you, or your practice, have been influenced by the work of Dr. Boxberger, please consider joining us in this symposium. Submissions from all fields of anthropology are welcome.

If you are interested in be part of the following panel, please contact Nora Pederson at

  • I am organizing a symposium for (NWAC) focused on anthropological approaches to Tourism, especially Heritage Tourism and Ecotourism.

My own interests lie in sustainability, authenticity, place identity and multi-vocality in Heritage Tourism.

Abstracts are due by January 31st. I'm hoping to get abstracts by the 28th so I can write the abstract for the symposium before the deadline. Interested parties can contact me directly at, or by phone at 360-526-1368.

Laura Taylor
Graduate Research Assistant
Western Washington University

  • Do you have a paper on wet-site archaeology?

The symposium described below can accommodate another one or two presentations and is especially looking for cases that add variety to the session (historic site? site formation processes? Oregon? or...?).

Symposium:  Emerging Trends in Northwest Coast Wet-Site Archaeology

Organizer:  Kathryn Bernick (Royal BC Museum)

Wet sites and waterlogged wood artifacts are showing up at an accelerating rate in the Pacific Northwest and challenging the prevailing assumption that they are rare.  Archaeological fieldwork in a region where wet sites abound requires attention to the possibility of water-saturated deposits and readiness to recover, analyze, and curate waterlogged perishable materials.

The papers in this symposium address practical aspects of wet-site archaeology and give examples of important research that can be accomplished with modest investigations.  Recent everyday finds and small, unpublished or under-reported projects illustrate that wet sites are not only for specialists and not only about spectacular objects.  They are what every CRM or Research archaeologist working in the region might encounter on their next field expedition.  In addition to their legendary potential, wet sites are an integral component of Northwest Coast archaeology.

Contact Kathryn Bernick ASAP

Dates & Deadlines

  • Registration:

Early bird price deadline is February 28, 2014.

  • Abstract Submission deadlines:

All papers & posters: February 10, 2014 (updated 01/28/13)
Volunteered papers & posters: February 7, 2014.
Student Paper Awards: February 28, 2014

  • Conference Dates:

March 26, 2014 to March 29, 2014

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