Charles R. Menzies

Charles Menzies is a member of Gitxaała Nation.  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.

Professor Menzies graduated from Prince Rupert Secondary School in 1980. He subsequently completed an undergraduate degree in anthropology and sociology at Simon Fraser University in 1988. His graduate degrees were completed at York University (Social Anthropology, MA 1988) and City University of New York (Cultural Anthropology, PhD 1998).

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.

For detailed and current listing please refer to my researchgate page.

Winter 2019

ANTH330 Anthropology of Rural Peoples and the Global Economy Sections

A comparative study of rural peoples (such as small-scale horticulturists, artisans and craft workers, peasants, fisherfolk, or industrial/manufacturing workers) in the global economy.

Winter 2019

ANTH461 Anthropological Study of Local Ecological Knowledge Sections

Analysis of the concepts of ecological anthropology via the medium of local ecological knowledge. ANTH 360 is recommended as background.

Winter 2019

ANTH478A Ethnographic Film Methods - ETHNO FILM METHD Sections

Ethnographic digital video production, including methods of ethnographic fieldwork, creation of field notes, and research design; basics of digital video planning, production, and editing. Production fees are charged for this course. Prerequisite: ANTH 378 is recommended.