Karl Hoerig

Karl Hoerig

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology

About Karl Hoerig

 Karl Hoerig is director of the White Mountain Apache Tribe's Nohwike' Bágowa (House of Our Footprints) Museum at Fort Apache, Arizona, and is director and lead faculty mentor for the White Mountain Apache Tribe/U.A. collaborative Western Apache Ethnography and Geographic Information Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates field school.

Selected Publications

NIMROD: Lutheran Pastor Deer Hunters in Texas.  Under review, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses.

From Third Person to First: A Call for Reciprocity Among Non-Native and Native Museums.  Museum Anthropology 33(1):62-74 (Spring 2010). 

The Cibecue School Scrapbooks: Returning Apache Art and History to an Apache Community.  American Indian Art Magazine 32(4):66-73 (Autumn 2007).

(J.R. Welch, M. Altaha, D. Gatewood, K. A. Hoerig, and R. Riley) Archaeology, Stewardship, and Sovereignty.  The SAA Archaeological Record 6(4):17-20, 57 (September 2006).

The Heart of the Portal: Women and the Native American Arts Market.  El Palacio 111(2):40-45 (Summer 2006).

(J.R. Welch, K. A. Hoerig, and R. Endfield, Jr.) Heritage Tourism and Archaeology on White Mountain Apache Tribal Trust Lands.  The SAA Archaeological Record 5(3):15-19 (May 2005).

Under the Palace Portal: Native American Artists in Santa Fe.  University of New Mexico Press (2003).

Courses Taught

 Lead Faculty for ANTH 407: Ethnographic Field Methods and ANTH 412: Application of Geographic Information Systems to Cultural Anthropology, the course components of the WMAT/UA Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates.

ANTH 200: Cultural Anthropology (last taught Fall 2012).

Areas of Study

Environmental anthropology, environmental and heritage tourism, community-based heritage perpetuation, tribal museums, Native American Art, Native American culture and history, Western Apache culture and history.


Director and Lead Faculty Mentor for the National Science Foundation supported Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates field school, and coordinator for the associated Western Apache Cultural and Historic Atlas project.

Our Cornfield, a traditional Western Apache garden living heritage program at the Fort Apache Historic Park.

National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers' National Native Museum Training Program, an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project to provide professional museum training workshops, seminars, and fellowships to employees of Tribal museums.

American Anthropological Association Task Force on Anthropology Education.

American Anthropological Association Council on Museum Anthropology (Treasurer).

Research Interests

As director of the White Mountain Apache Tribe's museum, Dr. Hoerig is charged with facilitating the Tribe's ongoing heritage perpetuation, education, and interpretation efforts.  He is particularly interested in the ways that heritage and natural resource management can contribute to decolonization and the enhancement of Tribal sovereignty, and how ethnography and other tools of anthropology can be utilized by indigenous communities to meet their goals.

He is also very interested in cultural perceptions of nature and the environment, environmental tourism, and concepts of wilderness in contemporary society.