Areas of Interest: Contemporary Native American culture; Taiwanese indigenous groups; international indigenous rights movements; individual and community identity formation; indigenous media and representation; tradition; indigeneity; networks; kinship and material culture studies.
Status: Post field
Dissertation Research: By looking at the relations between contemporary Taiwanese indigenous groups and indigenous groups around the world, I will try to answer questions of how peoples who previously see themselves as mutually distinct and distant come to see each other as similar and even related. I am particularly interested in the role that indigenous media and cultural programs play in the formation of new indigenous communities.
MA Thesis: Performing Tradition: The Negotiation of a Panethnic Community in Miss Indian World.
Previous Degrees: MA, Brown University; BA, Johns Hopkins University
Contact Information: Christy_Delair@brown.edu