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Ashley Elizabeth Smith

Ashley Elizabeth Smith

Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate

Franco-American | Abenaki

Ashley is from Maine’s Kennebec River valley. Her dissertation research on Nanrantsouak Kennebec Abenaki history and place-worlds examines Indian and Settler acts of memory grounded in the Norridgewock (Nanrantsouak) Indian Village site in Maine. She will complete her dissertation while teaching American Indian Studies as a Scholar-in-Residence in the American Studies Program at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She also works for Gedakina, inc., a grass-roots nonprofit organization that works to support indigenous peoples of rural, urban, and reservation communities in New England.

Research Interests: Land, Place-making, Performance of History and Memory, Memorial, Embodiment, Knowledge, Indigeneity, Identity Politics, Native New England