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Ashleigh Thompson

About Ashleigh Thompson

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Hello! I am Ashleigh (she/hers), a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe and Eagle Clan. I am a PhD Candidate in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology and a graduate minor in American Indian Studies. I received my M.A. during Spring of 2019. For my M.A., I used traditional knowledge shared by tribal members to study traditional foodways and food sovereignty of the Red Lake Ojibwe.  

My research interests include Indigenous archaeology, storywork and the oral tradition, traditional foodways, health and wellness, Indigenous education, Ojibwe philosophy, and Indigenous-led environmental movements. I love my job as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the University of Arizona American Indian Studies program and am passionate about sharing Indigenous points of view on topics of archaeology, history, public lands, outdoor recreation, and politics. 

If you are into social media, my Instagram can be found here and my Twitter can be found here, where I share my writing, photography, and outdoor athletic pursuits.

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Areas of Study

Indigenous archaeology; American Indian Studies

Research Interests

Indigenous archaeology; collaborative and applied anthropology; Indigenous food sovereignty; traditional foodways; storywork; Indigenous and Ojibwe philosophies; Indigenous education.

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Contact Information

Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Student


University of Minnesota, Morris B.A.: Anthropology, American Indian Studies, English, and Multicultural Studies (2014)

University of Arizona M.A.: Anthropology (2019)