About Kim TallBear

Principal Investigator; Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment; Associate Professor; Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

‘There is no DNA test to prove you’re Native American’

By |2017-10-01T22:11:10-06:00February 21st, 2014|Categories: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, TECHNOSCIENCE, & ENVIRONMENT, Kim TallBear, Media|

Click to read In the 13 February 2014 issue of The New Scientist Linda Geddes published an interview with me:  DNA testing is changing how Native Americans think about tribal membership. Yet anthropologist Kim Tallbear warns that genetic tests are a blunt tool. She tells Linda Geddes why tribal identity is not just a [...]

Uppsala 3rd Supradisciplinary Feminist Technoscience Symposium: Feminist and indigenous intersections and approaches to technoscience

By |2017-10-01T22:11:10-06:00October 17th, 2013|Categories: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, TECHNOSCIENCE, & ENVIRONMENT, Kim TallBear|

Sámi flags flying over Uppsala University! I am thrilled to be blogging from the 3rd Supradisciplinary Feminist Technoscience Symposium organized by my colleague May-Britt Öhman at Uppsala University, Sweden. The five-day symposium (Oct 14-18) is hosted by the Centre for Gender Research within Dr. Öhman's research project, Rivers, resistance and resilience: Sustainable futures in Sápmi and in [...]

Democratizing technoscience: from theory to practice — an inspiring tribal/university greenbuilding collaboration (Update)

By |2017-10-01T22:11:10-06:00June 29th, 2013|Categories: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, TECHNOSCIENCE, & ENVIRONMENT, Kim TallBear|

BERKELEY: Sustainability in Products & Practice from Watson Institute on Vimeo. UPDATE: I originally posted this video in January 2012 that features the Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN) - UC Berkeley collaboration to co-design an environmentally and culturally sustainable house on the PPN reservation. This week several of the principal players in that collaboration published an [...]

An Indigenous Ontological Reading of Cryopreservation Practices and Ethics (and Why I’d Rather Think about Pipestone)

By |2017-10-01T22:11:10-06:00November 20th, 2012|Categories: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, TECHNOSCIENCE, & ENVIRONMENT, Kim TallBear|

As presented at the American Anthropological Association 111th annual meeting, San Francisco, CA, on the panel: “Defrost: The Social After-lives of Biological Substance.” Cryopreservation—or deep freeze of tissues—enables storage and maintenance of bio-specimens from whole human bodies, to plant materials, to blood samples taken from indigenous peoples’ bodies. And all of this [...]


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