John Barker

My research has focused mainly on the interface between local and global religion, with forays into the history of Canadian anthropology, ethno-history, the anthropology of art and the impact of international environmental organizations upon indigenous peoples. Since 1981, I have conducted most of my field research with the Maisin people of Papua New Guinea, a socio-linguistic group of around 3,000 people living in Oro Province on the northeast coast of the country. I have also carried out shorter projects with the Nuxalk and Nisga'a Nations of British Columbia. Most of my work concerns the place of Christianity in Oceania and Aboriginal British Columbia, during the colonial period and in the present.