Charles R. Menzies

Charles Menzies is a professor of social anthropology. His research and teaching interests include the ethnography of Western Europe and Coastal British Columbia, natural resource dependent communities and resource management policies, the political economy of social struggle. Dr. Menzies is also the Director of the Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC. More information can be found on his website. Click here to view the film, The View from Gitxaała.

Professor Menzies’ primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management (primarily fisheries related), political economy, contemporary First Nations’ issues, maritime anthropology and the archaeology of north coast BC. He has conducted field research in, and has produced films concerning, north coastal BC, Canada (including archaeological research); Brittany, France; and Donegal, Ireland.

Professor Menzies is a member of Gitxaała Nation on BC’s north coast and an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska. He is one of only a dozen Indigenous faculty in the Faculty of Arts.

His current research project, Laxyuup Gitxaaɫa, combines archaeological and socio-cultural anthropology to document the traditional territory of Gitxaaɫa Nation. Other projects include founding and directing the Ethnographic Film Unit at UBC, establishing an online journal, New Proposals, and acting as the coordinator of an ecological anthropology research group at UBC, Forests and Oceans for the Future.

  • Forthcoming – Charles R. Menzies. “At the End of the Road: Reflections on Land’s End in France.” In Nieves Herrero and Sharon Roseman (Eds). Alcanzando al Fin de la Tierra. Vida e Imaginario en Seis Extremos de Europa y las Américas/ Reaching Land’s End. Life and Imaginary in Six Extreme Points of Europe and the Americas).Gijón, Spain: Ediciones Trea.
  • 2013 – Charles R. Menzies. “Standing on the Shore with Saaban: an anthropological rapprochement with an Indigenous intellectual tradition.” Collaborative Anthropologies. Vol. 6.
  • 2012 – Charles R. Menzies. “The Disturbed Environment. The Indigenous Cultivation of Salmon.” In Benedict J. Colombi and James F. Brooks (Eds.) Keystone nations: Indigenous Peoples and Salmon across the North Pacific. Pp. 161-182. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research.
  • 2011 Charles R. Menzies. Red Flags and Lace Coiffes: Identity and Survival in a Breton Village. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 2011 – Charles R. Menzies and Caroline F. Butler. Collaborative Service Learning and Anthropology with Gitxaała Nation; with reflections by Solen Roth, Natalie J.K. Baloy, Robin Anderson, Jennifer Wolowic, and Oralia Gómez-Ramírez, and; concluding comments by Nees Ma’Outa (Clifford White). Collaborative Anthropologies 4:169-242.
  • 2011 – Charles R. Menzies. “Butterflies, Anthropologies, and Ethnographic Field Schools: A Reply to Wallace and Hyatt.” Collaborative Anthropologies 4:260-266.
  • 2010 – Charles R. Menzies. “Dm sibilhaa’nm da laxyuubm Gitxaała: Picking Abalone in Gitxaała Territory.” Human Organization 69(3):213-220.
Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.