The Herring School (January)

The “Herring School” is a collaboration of people from Simon Fraser, other Universities, and First Nations communities who are keenly interested in the cultural and ecological importance of herring. See list below for a list of some of the members of the School.

By combining traditional and western knowledge from diverse communities, the Herring School seeks to address the following key questions about herring in the NW Pacific:

  • What is the spatial and temporal distribution of herring?
  • What are the relationships between herring and people across space and time?
  • What are the ecological and socio-cultural causes of changes in these relationships through time?
  • What are the ecological and socio-cultural consequences of these changes through time?
  • How does this knowledge inform modern management?

To begin to address some of these questions, the Herring School conducted fieldwork in March, 2011 and 2012 in Bella Bella.

More on contributing authors to these blog posts:

Dana Lepofsky is an archaeologist who studies the social and ecological aspects of past human interactions with their land and seascapes, particularly among Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest of North America and the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Within the Northwest Coast, she works in the traditional territories of and in collaboration with several First Nations.  Her recognition of the value of different disciplines and kinds of knowledge has led her to believe strongly in multi-disciplinary and collaborative research.  Her team seeks to blend local ecological and historical knowledge with archaeological data to understand human-environment interactions and when possible, to apply this knowledge to current social and ecological issues. Dana’s role as one of the coordinators of the Clam Garden Network <link to>, the Quadra Ecology-Archaeology project <link to>, and the Hakai Herring School [link to], reflects her commitment to collaboration and education. Affiliation: Professor, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University

Andrea L. Weiser is a naturalist, archaeologist and author who derives inspiration from hiking, skiing, scrambling and kayaking the mountains, canyons, and rivers of the American west. Weiser has published two books of poems and essays and is a featured author for the series Women in Nature (Louis Grace Publishing) .  She joined the Herring School as an ethnographer and researcher.  She holds a BA in writing (Fort Lewis College) and an MA in archaeology (Simon Fraser University). You can find her published works at


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