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Carlton Shield Chief Gover
IU Bloomington

Carlton Shield Chief Gover

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology / Department of Anthropology

Expert Bio

Carlton Shield Chief Gover, a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, is an assistant professor of anthropology and curator of public archaeology for the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. His research area is in the Central Great Plains of the United States, focusing on ancestral Pawnee and Arikara heritage.

His research utilizes Pawnee and Arikara oral traditions, regarding population movement and social change, as foundational evidence for interpreting the archaeological record from the 9th to 16th centuries A.D. He has published in American Antiquity, Plains Anthropologist and Advances in Archaeological Practice.

Shield Chief Gover received his B.S. in anthropology from Radford University and his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Wyoming. He is currently defending his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder with professional certificates in museology and Native American and Indigenous studies.

Areas of Expertise

Archaeology, anthropology, North American archaeology, Indigenous history, Great Plains history and archaeology, pseudo-archaeology, Native sovereignty, colonialism, museums, decolonization, Pawnee.

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