Dr. Patrick Moore

Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts

Research Themes:  Language, Sustainability and Transnationalism

After completing degrees in anthropology, linguistics and education, Dr. Moore worked for many years learning First Nations languages in northern Alberta and the Yukon, teaching those languages, and developing curriculum and teaching materials. In 1994, he returned to graduate study in anthropology, working with Doug Parks and Ray DeMallie at the American Indian Studies Research Institute in Bloomington, Indiana. His doctoral research documented and analyzed the Kaska language and Kaska historical narratives.

Dr. Moore’s main area of interest at UBC has been linguistic anthropology. He has worked extensively with Dene (Athabaskan) languages and communities; including a major language documentation project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation with Dane-zaa Záágéʔ (Beaver). As part of that research, he transcribed video recordings and developed language materials for the Dane Wajich exhibit on the Virtual Museum of Canada. In addition to working with the Dane-zaa communities, Dr. Moore continues to work on language and cultural revitalization projects with Dene Tha in northern Alberta and with Kaska in the Yukon and British Columbia, as well as with other Dene groups.

Research Interests

First Nations Languages, Literacy and Orality, Oral Traditions, Dene (Athbaskan Languages and Cultures), Codeswitching, Gender, Indigenous Activism, and the Anthropology of Media

First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that UBC’s campuses are situated within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and in the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and their peoples.

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