Franz Boas PapersWestern Social Science

Judith Berman

Ledgley

Profile

Judith Berman specializes in the oral literature, ethnohistory, and history of ethnographic research on  the Northwest Coast, in particular the lives and work of indigenous ethnographers George Hunt and Louis Shotridge. She works on materials related to Boas's ethnographic and linguistic research among the Kwakwaka'wakw. Two projects underway are the 40 years of correspondence between Boas and Hunt and, with Aaron Glass, a new critical edition of Boas's pioneering 1897 monograph, The Social Organization and Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians. She is a research associate at the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies and adjunct faculty in its Anthropology Department.