Born and raised on the Peigan Reserve in Alberta, Eldon ellowhorn received his Ph.D in anthropology from McGill. While teaching archaeology and First Nations studies at Simon Fraser University, he co-authored the revised and updated version of Alan D. McMillan's survey of First Nations peoples and cultures that was retitled First Peoples in Canada (D&M, 2004).

Dr. Yellowhorn's research work in archaeology stems from his studies of the ancient history of his Piikani ancestors. He studies plains archaeology in academic and public settings before participating in the heritage consulting industry. He is past president of the Canadian Archaeological Association (2010 ? 2012) and established the Department of First Nations Studies at SFU in 2012 where he served as Chair until 2017.

When the colony of British Columbia passed the Indian Graves Ordinance in 1865, it was the first public law to ban grave robbing, making all Indigenous cemeteries in B.C. into government property. Such facts arising from any events after 1492 are rare in Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People (Annick $16.95), an attempt by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger's attempt to describe who Indigenous peoples lived in North America as far back as fourteen thousand years ago-before Columbus. Primarily based on archaeological finds and scientific research, Turtle Island is for ages eleven and up, with seminal myths opening each chapter. 978-1-55451-943-9

Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn (Otahkotskina) is from the Piikani First Nation. Growing up on a farm in a rural community brought many opportunities to explore the Oldman River valley and the Porcupine Hills. His early adventures there had a big influence on his decision to pursue a career in palaeontology and archaeology. He received degrees in geography (BSc '83) and archaeology (BA '86) at the University of Calgary. He was awarded a Community Scholar Fellowship by the Smithsonian Institution in 1988 and worked with the curator for North American archaeology in Colorado. He began graduate school at Simon Fraser University, where he studied archaeology (MA '93). He completed his student career at McGill University (PhD '02). He was a member of the design committee that produced the exhibit for the Hall of the First Peoples at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) between 1992 and 2002, when the exhibit opened. He was appointed to faculty at Simon Fraser University in 2002 where he teaches archaeology and First Nations studies. He was instrumental in establishing the Department of First Nations Studies in 2012 and was its first chair. He is a long-time member of the Canadian Archaeological Association and served on its executive committee as President (2010-12). His research program brings him back to the Piikani First Nation each summer where he continues to chronicle the historical and contemporary manifestations of Piikani culture.


First Peoples in Canada (D&M, 2004)

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