Bruce Granville Miller
Anthropology of Law; ethnography, ethnohistory of Coast Salish of BC and Washington; Indigenes worldwide; state-Indigenous relations.
Ongoing research concerning international borders and Indigenous peoples; use of Human Rights Tribunals by Indigenous peoples; ways in which legal processes redefine Indigenous peoples and rights; non-recognized Indigenous peoples. Currently working on homelessness among Indigenous people as part of a Seattle University based international project, applying spiritual traditions to contemporary problems.
I have been a professor at UBC since 1990. My research concerns Indigenous peoples and their relations with the state in its various local, national, and international manifestations. In recent years my work has particularly overlapped with colleagues in archaeology and in law.
Much of my ethnographic work has been with the Coast Salish of BC and Washington State, but I have also worked in Brazil, Papua New Guinea, several areas of the US, and Taiwan. I have served on a number of occasions as an expert witness in Indigenous litigation in the United States and Canada, including, United States v Washington (a treaty case) and, the Radek case before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, (a precedent-setting case regarding Aboriginal presence in public spaces and racial profiling).
I am a member of the board of the Museum of Vancouver and chair of the collections committee, which has initiated a progressive program of repatriation to First Nations.
From 1995-98 I was Anglophone Editor of Culture, the journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society.
Refereed Books (sole author)
2001 The Problem of Justice: Tradition and Law in the Coast Salish World. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
2004 Invisible Indigenes: The Politics of Non-Recognition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
2011 Oral History on Trial: Recognizing Aboriginal Narratives in the Courts. Vancouver: UBC Press. (winner of K.D. Srivastiva Prize for Excellence in Academic Publishing, 2012; Listed in Hill Times, “Canada’s Politics and Government Newsweekly” as one of the best 100 books in 2011 in Canada on Political, Government, Public Policy, and Canadian History).
2016 The Contemporary Coast Salish: Essays by Bruce Granville Miller. Edited by Bruce Granville Miller and Darby C. Stapp. Memoir 12, Journal of Northwest Anthropology, Richland, WA.
Refereed Edited Books
1992 Anthropology and History in the Courts. Special Issue, B.C. Studies 95. (two reprintings)
2007 Co-Editors, Jean-Guy Goulet and Bruce Granville Miller, Extraordinary Anthropology: Transformations in the Field, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
2007 “Be of Good Mind”: Essays on the Coast Salish. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Refereed Journal Articles
1989 Centrality and Measures of Regional Structure in Aboriginal Western Washington. Ethnology 28 (3):265-276.
1989 After the FAP: Tribal Reorganization After Federal Acknowledgment. Journalof Ethnic Studies 17 (2):89-100.
1990 An Ethnographic View: Positive Consequences of the War on Poverty. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health: The Journal of the National Center 4 (2):55-71.
1991 Review Essay: Handbook of North American Indians. Volume 7, Indians of the Northwest Coast. B.C. Studies 91-92:173-184.
1992 Women and Politics: Comparative Evidence from the Northwest Coast. Ethnology 31 (4):67-383.
1992 Common Sense and Plain Language. Special Issue, Anthropology and Historyin the Courts, B.C. Studies 95:55-65.
1992 Introduction. Special Issue, Anthropology and History in the Courts, B.C. Studies 95:3-6.
1993 The Press, The Boldt Decision, and Indian-White Relations. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 17 (2):75-97. Miller, Bruce G. and Daniel L. Boxberger
1994 Creating Chiefdoms: The Puget Sound Case. Ethnohistory. 41 (2): 267-293.
1994 Is There a Gender Gap in Tribal Elections? American Indian Quarterly 18 (1):25-44.
1994 Contemporary Tribal Codes and Gender Issues. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 18 (2):43-74.
1994 Contemporary Native Women: Role Flexibility and Politics. Anthropologica 35 (1):57-72. Miller, Bruce G. and Jen Pylypa
1995 The Dilemma of Mental Health Paraprofessionals at Home. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health: The Journal of the National Center 6 (2):13-33.
1995 Folk Law and Contemporary Coast Salish Tribal Code. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 19 (3):141-164.
1996-97 The ‘Really Real’ Border and the Divided Salish Community. BC Studies 112: 63-79.
1997 The Individual, the Collective and Tribal Code. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 21 (1): 107-130. Daniel L. Boxberger and Bruce G. Miller
1997 Evolution or History: A Response to Tollefson. Ethnohistory 44 (1):135-137.
1998 The Great Race of 1941: A Coast Salish Public Relations Coup. Pacific Northwest Quarterly 89 (3): 127-135.
1999 Culture as Cultural Defense: A Sacred Site in Court. American Indian Quarterly 22 (1): 83-97.
2001 The Story of Peter Pan: Or Middle Ground Lost. BC Studies 131: 25-28.
2003 Law, Justice, and the Lens of Culture. Wicazo Sa Review 18 (2): 132-145.
2006 Who Are Indigenes? A Comparative Study of Canadian and American Practices. American Behavioral Scientist Theme Issue 50 (4): 462-477
2006 Bringing Culture In: Community Responses to Apology, Reconciliation, and Reparations. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 30 (4): 1-17.
2012 Life on the Hardened Border. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 36 (2): 23-46.
2014 An Ethnographic view of Legal Entanglements on the Salish Sea Borderlands, UBC Law Review 47 (3): 991-1024.
2015 Bruce Miller and Gustavo Menezes, Anthropological Experts and the Legal System: Brazil and Canada, American Indian Quarterly. 39 (4): 391-430.
2016 Political Mobilization through Repatriation, “Revista Perfiles de la Cultura Cubana” (Spanish)
2016 Coast Salish Borderlands and the Erosion of Sovereignty. Special issue on law and cultures (revue Anthropologie et societe) (French)
Refereed Book Chapters
1999 Contemporary Tribal Codes and Gender Issues. In Contemporary Native American Cultural Issues, edited by Duane Champagne. AltaMira Press. Pp. 103-12.
1999 Discontinuities in the Statuses of Puget Sound Indian Grandmothers. In American Indian Grandmothers: Traditions and Transitions, edited by Marjorie Schweitzer. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Pp. 103-124.
1999 Salishan. In An Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples, edited by Paul Magocsi. Toronto: Multicultural History Society of Ontario. Pp. 88-93.
1999 J.E. Michael Kew and Bruce G. Miller
Locating Aboriginal Governments in the Political Landscape. In Seeking Sustainability in the Lower Fraser Basin: Issues and Choices, edited by Michael Healey. Vancouver: Institute for Resources and the Enivronment/Westwater Research. Pp. 47-63.
2004 Salish. In Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: A Short Introduction, ed. Paul Magocsi. University of Toronto Press. Pp. 237-250.
2004 Rereading the Ethnographic Record: The Problem of Justice in the Coast Salish World. In Coming Ashore: Northwest Coast Ethnology, Traditions and Visions. Marie Mauze, Michael Harkin, Sergei Kan, eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pp. 309-322.
2004 Tribal or Native Law. In A Companion to the Anthropology of AmericannIndians. Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians Series. Thomas Biolsi, ed. London: Blackwell. Pp. 95-111.
2006 Conceptual and Practical Boundaries: Indians/First Nations on the Border of Contagion in the Post- 9-11 Era. In The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests: Essays on Regional and Trans-boundary History. Sterling Evans, ed. Pp. 49-66.
2007 The Politics of Ecstatic Research. In Extraordinary Anthropology: Transformations in the Field. Jean-Guy Goulet and Bruce Granville Miller, eds, University of Nebraska Press. Pp. 1-14.
2007 Jean-Guy Goulet and Bruce Granville Miller Introduction. In Extraordinary Anthropology: Transformations in the Field. Jean-Guy Goulet and Bruce Granville Miller, eds, University of Nebraska Press. Pp. 186-207.
2007 Introduction. In “Be of Good Mind”: Essays on the Coast Salish. Bruce Granville Miller, ed. University of British Columbia Press. Pp. 1-29.
2013 Anthropology of Art; Shifting Paradigms and Practices, 1870s-1950 in The Construction of Northwest Coast Native Art: An Anthology. Eds, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer, Ron Hamilton. Vancouver: UBC Press.
2016 The Oral and the Written in Understanding Treaties. In The Contemporary Coast Salish: Essays by Bruce Granville Miller. Co-editors Bruce Granville Miller and Darby C. Stapp,Richland, Washington: Memoir 12: Northwest Anthropology.
2016 Currents in Coast Salish Research and Afterword, in The Contemporary Coast Salish: Essays by Bruce Granville Miller. Co-editors Bruce Granville Miller and Darby C. Stapp,Richland, Washington: Memoir 12: Northwest Anthropology.
Invited Review Essays
1993 Unconquered British Columbia. In The Literary Review of Canada 2 (3): 18-19. (5000 words)
1994 Who’s Looking After The Fish? In The Literary Review of Canada 3 (7): 14-16. (5000 words)
1995 1995 North Out of Focus. In The Literary Review of Canada 4 (3): 22-23. (5000 words)
Other Invited Contributions
2007 Response to Nesper, Larry, Negotiating jurisprudence in tribal court and the emergence of a tribal state: the Ojibwe in Wisconsin” (with CA Comments and Reply) Current Anthropology 48 (5): 692-693.
2011 Consultant to and author of excerpts on Aboriginal people and communities in The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver (Harbour Press, 2011, 574 pp.)
2011 “Central Coast Salish” and “Native People of the Northwest Coast.” Entries in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
2012 Reponse to Angelbeck, Bill and Colin Grier, Anarchism and the Archaeology of Anarchic Societies: Resistance to Centralization in the Coast Salish Region of the Pacific Northwest Coast (with CA Comments and Reply). Current Anthropology 53 (5): 576-77.
2012 Foreword to Building Bridges to Justice: Realizing Contemporary Indigenous Visions of Justice in Canada Through the Culturally Sensitive Interpretations of Legal Rights. By David Leo Milward. Vancouver: UBC Press. ix-xviii.
ANTH220 First Nations of British Columbia Sections
The cultures, languages, and resources of First Nations, with anthropological perspectives on colonization and development.
One fine body…
ANTH332 Oral Tradition Sections
An ethnographic perspective on the dynamics of oral tradition in various oral and literate cultures; the characteristics and roles of oral genres including folktale, genealogy, oral history, autobiography, and myth in these societies; and the relationship between orality and literacy.
One fine body…
ANTH400A History of Anthropology - HISTORY OF ANTH Sections
The development of anthropological theory and practice in institutional contexts.
One fine body…
ANTH471 Anthropology of Law Sections
Cross-cultural study of the operation of law within contested systems of meaning, the social organization of law, and forms of consciousness of the participants in legal/justice practices.
One fine body…
2017 Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) Fellow.
2012 Co-winner, K. D. Srivastiva Prize for Excellence in Academic Publishing.
2007 Elected Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology.
2006 Anthropology/Sociology Department Undergraduate Society Teaching Award.
1998 Killam Teaching Prize, UBC.
1986-87 National Graduate Fellow, U.S. Department of Education (1 year).
1987-89 Jacob Javits Fellow (2 years).
1983-89 Regents Tuition Scholarship, Arizona State University (6 years).
1985 Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary.