Dr. Nēpia Mahuika is of Ngāti Porou descent. He is chair of the M?ori historians’ collective of Aotearoa, and Convenor of History at the University of Waikato. He is a Fulbright scholar and President of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand. His most recent book, Rethinking Oral History and Tradition (OUP) challenges the Western-dominated field of oral history, and he has just been awarded the inaugural Judith Binney Fellowship 2019 to write A History of Makutu (“witchcraft”) in Aotearoa.
Barbara Alice Mann, Ph.D., is Professor of Humanities in the Jesup Scott Honors College of the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio, USA. She has authored fourteen books, the latest of which President by Massacre: Indian-Killing for Political Gain (ABC-CLIO/Prager, 2019). She also recently published Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America (Oxford, 2016). Other works include The Tainted Gift (Praeger, 2009), on the deliberate spread of disease to Natives by settlers as a land-clearing tactic. Other books include Daughters of Mother Earth (2006), George Washington’s War on Native America (Praeger, 2005). Her internationally famous Iroquoian Women: The Gantowisas (2001, 2004, 2006) on the Iroquoian matriarchy is in perennial demand. Following a Rockefeller Bellagio working fellowship to kick it off, Dr. Mann is currently writing a book with international scholars Philip Dwyer, Nigel Penn, and Lyndall Ryan examining the interface of the empire with historical massacres of Indigenous peoples 1780–1820, in the U.S., South Africa, Europe, and Australia. She previously published in the European Journal of Genocide with these scholars on this subject. In addition, Dr. Mann is a scholar of James Fenimore Cooper, and has recently published book, The Cooper Connection (AMS, 2014) and a number of articles on the little-known connection between Cooper and Jane Austen. A Bear Clan, Ohio Seneca, community recognition, she lives in her homeland and works for the rights of the people indigenous to Ohio, living in Ohio.
Dr. Debra Harry is a Kooyoee Tukadu woman from Kooyooe Pa’a (Pyramid Lake), Nevada. Dr. Harry serves as a Lecturer III for the Gender, Race, and Identity Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research analyzes the linkages between biotechnology, intellectual property, and globalization in relation to Indigenous Peoples’ rights. She has authored numerous articles including an article entitled “Indigenous Peoples and Gene Disputes,” Chicago-Kent Law Review (2009). She also contributed a chapter entitled, “Acts of Self-Determination and Self-Defense: Indigenous Peoples Responses to Biocolonialism,” as a contribution to a book entitled Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age, (edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Peter Shorett, Roman and Littlefield, 2005), which is an original volume of essays by leading scientists, policy experts and public interest advocates on the impact of genetic technologies on individual and collective rights. She has co-authored with Le`a Malia Kanehe, JD, LL.M, a chapter entitled “The BS in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS): Critical Questions for Indigenous Peoples” (in The Catch: Perspectives in Benefit Sharing, Beth Burrows, ed., published by The Edmonds Institute 2005) and an article entitled “The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Permanent Sovereignty Over Genetic Resources and Associated Indigenous Knowledge” in The Journal of Indigenous Policy, published by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Both pieces of work critique the assertion of intellectual property rights over Indigenous knowledge and genetic material. Internationally, Debra has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Convention on Biological Diversity. She is the Producer of the documentary film “The Leech and the Earthworm (2003),” an IPCB/Yeast Directions production, which examines the globalized hunt for genes within Indigenous territories and features the voices of Indigenous activists from around the world. In 1994, Debra received a three-year Kellogg Foundation leadership fellowship and studied the field of human genetic research and its implications for Indigenous peoples. Debra earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland under the supervision of renowned Maori scholar, Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Dr. Harry’s dissertation titled, “Indigenous Wisdom in the Biotech Age: The Development of New Knowledge in the Context of Biocolonialism” was recognized on the Dean’s list for academic excellence.