Paths Across the Pacific Speakers and Titles - 2018

Themes of our shared humanity, shared ocean, and shared responsibility will continue with our interest in human abilities to navigate coasts and oceans over great distances.

This year’s speakers include:

Nancy Yaw Davis | PhD Anthropology, University of Washington | Paths Across the Pacific Conference founder | Academic scholar and skeptic, adept at challenging ideas to expand topics and discussions with a particular interest in Shared Oceans, Transoceanic Influences, and Language Links. | Author ‘The Zuni Enigma: A Native American People’s Possible Japanese Connection.
Paths X Topic: Highlights from Past Paths Across the Pacific Conferences

Curtis Ebbesmeyer | PhD Oceanography, University of Washington. Author of ‘Flotsametrics and the Floating World’ | Internationally recognized Beachcomber and publisher of website | Media worldwide have turned to his expertise on ocean currents and floating objects. 
Paths X Topic - Ocean Currents, Floating Objects, Gyres, and Garbage Patches, Plastic washing up in Alaska

Stephen C. Jett | Ph.D. Geography John Hopkins University | Professor Emeritus of Geography and of textiles and clothing at the University of California, Davis.  | Editor Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long Distance Contacts. | Author of several books including ‘Ancient Ocean Crossings, Reconsidering the Case for Contacts with the pre-Columbian Americas.’
Paths X Topic – “Political Correctness” and Pre-Columbian American Influences on the Old World.

Donald P. Ryan | Ph.D. Archaeologist | Faculty Fellow, Division of Humanities, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington | Research Associate, Kon Tiki Museum, Oslo, Norway | Fellow, Royal Geographical Society | Fellow, The Explorers Club | Author of several books including “Beneath the Lands of Egypt”, and “Ancient Egypt: The Basics”.  | Areas of interest include: History of Exploration and Early Seafaring, Egyptian Archaeology, Archaeology of Polynesia, Experimental Archaeology.
Paths X Topic – Experimental Voyaging and Transoceanic Crossings.  Movie: Ra Expedition

Richard Thomas Callaghan | Ph.D. Archaeology | Professor of Archaeology | Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary, Canada | Development of Seafaring and Navigation | Neo-tropical Human Ecology | Archaeology and Ethnography of the Caribbean and Lowland South America | Computer Simulation Modelling for Oceanic Voyages | Has published on ancient voyaging in all of the worlds’ oceans.
Paths X Topic - Crossing Two Oceans: The chronology and pathways of the Malayo-Polynesian expansion

Susan Kieffer | B.S. in physics and mathematics from Allegheny College |M.S. in Geological Sciences and Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the California Institute of Technology.  | Her research has been in geological fluid dynamics, especially the study of high-speed catastrophic events such as meteorite impacts, volcanic eruptions, and river floods.  She combines field, laboratory and theoretical techniques to ferret out the underlying fluid dynamics in these catastrophic events.  In recognition of her work, Kieffer received a Sloan Fellowship, the Mineralogical Society of America Award, Caltech’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, and an Honorary Doctor of Science Award from Allegheny College.  She was only the second American and the first woman to be awarded the Spendiarov Award from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.  From the Geological Society of America, she has received the Day Medal for the application of physics and chemistry to geology, and the Penrose Medal for contributions to pure geology.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She is a professor emeritus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently resides in the Northwest.
Paths X Topic - Keynote Speaker Saturday Dinner Reception – The Dynamics of Disasters

Duncan McLaren | Ph.D. Archaeology | Assistant Professor Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria BC Canada | Hakai Institute | Northwest Coast culture area of North America | Particularly interested in the unique position of archaeology in the social sciences and humanities at providing a long-term perspective of history. | The Hakai Ancient Landscapes Archaeology Project, a concerted effort to find early period archaeological deposits, and the mandate includes recording and revisiting sites from all time periods. Archaeological site types and features that have been documented to date include: shell middens, pictographs, petroglyphs, lithic scatters, fish traps, canoe runs, clam gardens, water-logged deposits, culturally modified trees, house platforms, defensive locations, and rock shelters.
Paths X Topic - Searching for Evidence of late Pleistocene human occupation along the western margin of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet

Gitla (Elroy White) | is owner and operator of Central Coast Archaeology, an independent First Nation company based out of Bella Bella Village.  He descends from the house of Qaixaitasu from the ancient village of Nulu in Nulawitxv territory.  He is an active member of their Heiltsuk potlatch system, which is integral to the existence of his people and their laws.  His cultural historical knowledge enables him to understand the archaeological record on his terms.  He prides himself as a liaison to diverse groups of people, organizations and departments.  He is grateful for their interest in the recent and ancient past of his people.
Paths X Topic - Contributing with Duncan McLaren.  Co-Author of “Searching for Evidence of late Pleistocene human occupation along the western margin of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet”

Mike Moloney | Ph.D. Archaeologist | Post-doctoral Fellow, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, Canada | Is collaborating on archaeological materials obtained from Mink Island, Alaska, with a collection, comprising largely faunal material, that represents a 6500 year period of occupation and exploitation of marine resources in the area. For this project specifically Mike will focus on building a working database of the more than 100,000 samples in order to facilitate a diachronic understanding of the biogeography of the area, and investigate the impact of climate change on marine fauna, particularly during the Neoglacial. | For his doctoral studies, Mike investigated the application of innovative computer-based spatial modelling to the examination of shipwrecks and shipboard societies. As an underwater archaeologist he has worked on submerged sites around the world, including Canada, the UK, Thailand, and Sweden.
Paths X Topic - History of Seafaring in the Northwest Passage and Implications of Arctic Oceanic Travel

Kathryn Klar | Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics | Current projects include Continuing investigation of linguistic evidence for prehistoric contact between Polynesia and the Americas. | Native American languages and linguistics specializations | Deep linguistic relationships in the Americas | Celtic Specializations | Multiple publications including with Terry L. Jones on ‘Linguistic evidence for a prehistoric Polynesian – South California Contact’, and ‘Diffusionism Reconsidered: Linguistic and Archaeological Evidence for Prehistoric Polynesian Contact with Southern California’.
Paths X Topic:  Linguistic Landscape of the Pacific Rim – what linguistics can and cannot tell us about prehistoric ocean migrations, and how to integrate linguistic data with other areas of investigation.

Anne Pollnow | Archaeologist | Sea Level Consulting, Sitka Alaska | Specialty in Southeast Alaska History and Archaeology | Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Cultural Resources | Historic Preservation | Cultural Resource Management | Anthropological Studies and Historic Context Reporting | Fish Weirs and Clam Gardens | Linking Local Archaeological Finds and Tlingit Oral History prior to Russian contact.
Paths X Topic - Fish Weirs

Damion Sailors| Ph.D. student presently studying archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon| His dissertation topic is focused on ancient Pacific Island fishing techniques and his theoretical underpinning lies within the domain of evolutionary archaeology while his research methods range from remote sensing to sub-surface excavation. Damion’s work experiences prior to university are varied but notably, he served for many years as a boat captain where his duties spanned from hauling cargo under-sail in the South Pacific to guiding tours in Southeast Alaska. More recently, his employment has been with cultural resource management firms in both the Pacific Islands and the Pacific Northwest.
Paths X Topic – Mapping Island Moka: Assessing the Spatial Patterns of Customary Fishing Weirs in the Fiji Island Group

Come join the fun and discussions!