Distinguished Academic Award Recipient 2015: Dr. Antonia Mills
Jul 18, 2016
Dr. Mills earned her BA from Radcliffe/Harvard, and her PhD from Harvard. Her research interest include First Nations land claims, religion and law, and reincarnation beliefs and cases. Dr. Mills has conducted field work with the Beaver Indians since 1964. Dr. Mills co-edited (with Richard Slobodin) Amerindian Rebirth: Reincarnation Belief Among North American Indians and Inuit (1994), and is the author of Eagle Down is Our Law: Witsutit'en Feasts, Laws and Land Claims, published by UBC Press (1994). This latter book is the result of her spending three years living in Witsuwit'en territory and serving as an expert witness and writing an expert opinion report for the Delgamuukw case. Her book, supported by a SSHRC Grant, "Hang On To These Words: Johnny David's Delgamuukw Testimony" was published by the University of Toronto Press (2005). She has been awarded a Shastri Indo-Canadian Instituted Fellowship for "A Longitudian Study of Young Adults who were said to Remember a Previous Life." She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and one on "Indigenous Perspectives on Reincarnation and Rebirth" (at both levels). Dr. Mills has also published in a wide variety of journals such as Culture, B.C. Studies, and the Journal of Anthropological Research, and chapters in books.