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John Steckley

John Steckley has been teaching at Humber College since 1983, where he has specialized in teaching Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, and Sociology.  He has taught Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and at Trent University, and Native Studies and Anthropology at Laurentian University. His 13 published books include Beyond Their Years: Five Native Women’s Stories (1999), Aboriginal Voices and the Politics of Representation in Canadian Introductory Sociology Textbooks (2003), De Religione: Telling the Seventeenth-Century Jesuit Story in Huron to the Iroquois (2004), White Lies About the Inuit (2006), Words of the Huron (2007), and Gibbons: The Invisble Apes (Five Rivers Publishing, forthcoming). With Bryan Cummins, he has co-authored Full Circle: Canada’s Native People (2001) and Aboriginal Policing: A Canadian Perspective (2002). With Guy Letts, he has co-authored Elements of Sociology: A Critical Canadian Introduction (2nd edition, 2010). His areas of specialization are Aboriginal languages (primarily Huron) and Aboriginal history.

John has a master’s degree in anthropology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a doctorate in postsecondary education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. He was adopted into the Wyandot tribe of Kansas in 1999 and given the name Tehaondechoren (“He splits the country in two”).

Praise for White Lies About the Inuit by John Steckley:

“Bold, perceptive, provocative, and incisive, White Lies about the Inuit cautions us to question what we see, hear, read, talk about, and presume to be true. Steckley's book is a long overdue exploration and critique of the cultural assumptions, arrogance, ignorance, and mythologizing that has led to misreadings and misunderstandings of Inuit societies and cultures.”

-- Mark Nuttall, Henry Marshall Tory Chair of Anthropology, University of Alberta

White Lies About the Inuit is a remarkable textbook that teaches the critical reading of ethnography. Anthropologists, both in the past and the present, have often chosen the 'good story' over the complexities of real life. This is one book where I'm glad to see my work cited!”

-- Nelson Graburn, Thomas G. Barnes Endowed Professor of Canadian Studies, University of California Berkeley

Praise for Words of the Huron by John Steckley:

“Steckley’s work adds ethnolinguistics to the methods of research in Huron studies.... A fine example of original, intensive research.... Highly recommended.”

--R. Berleant-Schiller, emerita, University of Connecticut, CHOICE

“The book contains a wealth of both data and speculation. It illustrates some of the limits of even the best linguistic records from the past, as well as the potential results of supplementing linguistic materials with other kinds of evidence. It goes a long way toward meeting its aim of giving a voice to the Huron people.”

-- Clifford Abbott, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Anthropological Linguistics


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