Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Name


Department or School/College

Department of Anthropology

Committee Chair

Anna Marie Prentiss

Commitee Members

John Douglas, Kelly Dixon, Richard Sattler, George Price


Feminist, Indigenous, Northwest


The University of Montana


This PhD focuses on several interrelated archaeological problems in identification of individuals, agency, and understanding the indigenous past as it was lived; through an indigenous and feminist perspective. The dissertation is comprised of three articles that have either been accepted in peer-review publications or are in the process of being reviewed for publication. The articles focus on the following subjects: 1) an indigenous spatial analysis of a Fur Trade era semi-subterranean pithouse within a larger village context; 2) reanalysis of the three small peripheral houses located in the village of Keatley Creek in the Mid-Fraser region of British Columbia; and 3) an indigenous comparative spatial analysis of the ancient floors (ca. 1275-1300BP) of Housepit 54 in the Bridge River Village. The results of these studies illustrate that by implementing GIS as a tool for understanding space through both western and indigenous belief systems we can begin to understand and interpret space in a manner that illuminates previous aspects of life and individuals that have proved challenging to identify such as: age and gender and space in terms of private versus communal, or shared spaced within the home and how individuals interacted through those spaces.



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