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Anthropology and Museum Studies

College of the Sciences

Tracy J. Andrews

Tracy J. Andrews


B.A. Anthropology, Portland State University, Oregon, 1972
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1985 
M.P.H. Sociomedical Sciences - Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, 1988

Office: Dean Hall 351
Phone: 963-3220
Fax: 963-3215

Areas of Specialization

  • Sociocultural Anthropology; Native North America & International Indigenous Peoples; Ecological and Natural Resource Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Political Ecology; Gender; Minority and International Health Issues; Ethnicity, Identity, and Cultural Dynamics.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Anthropology: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Native American Cultures of North America; Native American Cultures of the Pacific Northwest; Hispanic Cultures of the Western U.S.; Medical Anthropology; Ecology and Culture; Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Ethnography of Material Culture. Resource Management Graduate Program: Issues and Conflicts - Resource Management.
  • Exchange Faculty; Anhui University; Hefei, China (2008):  American Culture and Oral English (undergraduate); American Environmental Literature and Values (graduate level course).

Selected Grants and Awards

  • 2010 The National Science Foundation; “Linking Indigenous Knowledge and Science in Puget Sound;” September 2010 – 2012.
  • 2010 Norcliffe Foundation; “Linking Indigenous Knowledge and Science in Puget Sound.” June 2010 – June 2011.
  • 2008 Co-operative Agreement, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Subsistence Division; Juneau. In support of REM graduate student thesis research, ”Traditional and Contemporary Tlingit Mt. Goat Use and Resource Management.” .
  • 2008 CWU Faculty Exchange; Anhui University; Hefei, Anhui Province, China. (March 19 – July 2, 2008).
  • 2005 The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; Funded; "Culture, Health, and Childhood Illness: Hispanic Explanatory Frameworks and Treatment Behavior."
  • 2003 TIAA-CREF/SOURCE Distinguished Faculty Award; "for outstanding contributions as a mentor to Anthropology undergraduates"; Central Washington University.
  • 2003 CWU Faculty Research Summer Appointment; "Potlatch and Pow Wow: Culture, Dance and Song."
  • 2003 Community Service Award; "Certificate of Appreciation," Northwest Community Action Center and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.
  • 2000 Central Washington University, Faculty Research Seed Grant: "Ethnography of Native American Basketry from the Pacific Northwest."

Selected Publications and Reports

  • Andrews, Tracy. J. (2014)  The Traditional Knowledge Project: Final Report and Executive Summary (117 pgs; August 2014); Technical Report on file, Pt. Gamble S’Klallam Tribe; Archives.
  • Andrews, T. J., V. Ybarra and L. LaVern Matthews (2013); “For the Sake of our Children: Hispanic Immigrant and Migrant Families’ Use of Folk Healing and Biomedicine,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly: International Journal for the Analysis of Health Vol 27 (3): 385-423.
  • Andrews, T. J. and *J. Olney (Shellenberger) (2007); Potlatch and Pow Wow: Dynamics of Culture Through Lives Lived Dancing. The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 31 (1): 63-108.
  • Andrews, T. J. (2006); Project Report: Culture, Environment and Health: Linking Traditional Healing and Biomedicine in Treatment of Childhood Illness, Ms. on file- Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima, WA...
  • Andrews, T. J. and J. Shellenberger; (2004); Culture, Dance and Song: Perspectives from Nez Perce Pow Wow. Final Report to Nez Perce Tribe; Ms. on file, Cultural Resources Program, NPT, Lapwai, Idaho.
  • Shellenberger, J. and T. J. Andrews (2003): Project Report: The Contemporary and Historical Role of Song and Dance in Kwakwaka'wakw Culture. Ms. on file, U'mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay, CA.
  • Andrews, T. J., Ybarra, V., and Miramontes, T., (2002), Negotiating Survival: Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women in the Pacific Northwest. The Social Science Journal, Vol. 39(3):431-449.
  • Andrews, T. J., Thomas, L. R., and Ybarra, V. (2000) Session Notes; Moving from Subjects to Partners: Options, Ethics, and Sustainable Health-related Campus-Community Research; In Proceedings, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health National Conference.
  • Andrews, T. J. (1998) Crops, Cattle, and Capital: Agrarian Political Ecology in Canyons de Chelly and del Muerto. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 22(3):31-78.
  • McLaughlin, C. and T. J. Andrews (1998) Introduction. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 22(3):1-12; In, Special Volume: Farming and Ranching in Reservation Economies; T. J. Andrews and C. McLaughlin, eds.
  • Andrews, T.J. (1994) A Family History of Alcohol Use; In Drinking Careers: A Twenty-five Year Study of Three Navajo Populations, by S. Kunitz and J. Levy, New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Andrews, T.J. (1992) Ecological and Historical Perspectives on Navajo Land Use and Settlement Variability at Canyons de Chelly and del Muerto. The Journal of Anthropological Research.
  • Andrews, T.J. (1991) Perspectives on Caring for the Elderly. In Navajo Aging: The Transition from Family to Institutional Support, S. J.. Kunitz and J. E. Levy, Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
  • Levy, J.E., Henderson, E.B., and Andrews, T.J. (1989) Effects of Regional Variation and Temporal Change on Matrilineal Elements of Navajo Social Organization. Journal of Anthropological Research.

Selected Presentations

  • Andrews, Tracy J., Destiny Wellman and Nikki Aikman (Pt. Gamble S’Klallam Tribe); (2013) Our Knowledge, Our Rights, Our Future: Linking Elders’ Knowledge and Science in Protecting Port Gamble S’Klallam Resources; Presented to Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Elders, December 2013; Senior Center, PGST Administrative Center, Washington.
  •  Andrews, Tracy J., D. Wellman,  N. Aikman, P. McCollum, D. Fuller, R. Call (2012); Pt. Gamble S'Klallam Tribal resource conservation and restoration efforts: Linking indigenous knowledge and science. Public Participation in Scientific Research Conference, Ecological Society of America annual meeting; (August 2012), Portland, Oregon. Abstract and PDF copy of poster published at:
  • Andrews, T. J., P. McCollum, and D. Fuller (July 2010); Collaborative Community-based Conservation and Restoration: Integrating Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Science, 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Andrews, T., D. Fuller, and P. McCollum (March 2009); Linking Sovereignty and Ecocultural Approaches in Water Resource Management and Restoration: The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Initiatives.; The George Wright Society Biennial Conference -Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites; (International); March 2-6, 2009;
  • Beers, Kathryn (undergraduate student) and Tracy J. Andrews (2007) Poster - Native American Gaming; A Contemporary Option for Cultural and Economic Sustainability, The Suquamish Tribe of Washington State. American Anthropology Association meeting; Presidential Invited Session – First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research; Nov. 2007; Washington, D.C.
  • Andrews, T. J., with I. Gray, B. Sainsbury, and J. Naragon (2006) Poster - Environment, Migration Histories, and Childhood Health: Uses of Folk Healing and Biomedicine among Hispanic Families in Central Washington. Annual Conference, Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, BC.
  • Naragon, J. and T. J. Andrews (2005) Poster - Managing Water Resources: Economic "Health" versus Farm Workers Health in Central Washington State. Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Shellenberger, J. and T. J. Andrews (2004) Poster - Native American Dance: A Window on the Past, Present, and Future. Northwest Anthropology Conference and National Social Science Association Meetings.
  • Shellenberger, J. and T. J. Andrews (2002) Poster - Potlatch and Pow wow: Culture, Dance and Song. Presidential Invited Session, 100th American Anthropological Association meeting.
  • Gendering Immigration Theory and Health Care Practice: Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women and Their Children. (2001), 8th Annual Washington State Joint Conference on Health.
  • "Moving Beyond the Borderlands: Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women in the Pacific Northwest." (2000), Western Social Science Association, Annual Meeting.
  • "Gender, Culture and Subsistence: The Enduring Legacy of Eleanor Leacock." (1996), Invited paper, Alaska Anthropological Association Annual Meeting; Fairbanks; (Session: Women Pioneers in Northern Anthropology)
  • "Gender and Subsistence in Northern Cultures: Clarifying Women's Roles and Expanding the Knowledge  Base, "(1995), Alaska Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting.
  • "Crops, Cattle, and Capital: The Changing Environmental and Socioeconomic Context of Indigenous Navajo Agriculture in Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto."(1993), Invited paper, Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association; (Session: The Role of Agriculture in Colonization of Native America).

Selected Symposiums Organized/Chaired

  • "Northwest Native American Basketry Association: Demonstration Workshop," (October, 2005), Central Washington University. (Participants represented the Wasco Nation, Yakama Nation, Nez Perce Tribe, and Colville Confederated Tribes).
  • "Encounters with Lewis and Clark: New Perspectives on Old Stories, Native Perspectives on the Explorers." (October, 2005), Central Washington University. (Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco Nation) and Dr. Castle McLaughlin, Guest Speakers).
  • "Cross-Cultural Health Programs and Clinical Care: Hispanic Experiences"; (2001), Annual Washington State Joint Conference on Health, "Health Disparities in a World Without Borders," Yakima, Washington. 
  • Moving from Subjects to Partners: Options, Ethics and Sustainable Health-Related Campus-Community Research. (1999), Annual National Conference, Community-Campus Partnerships For Health; Seattle.
  • Women and Subsistence in Northern Cultures: Ethnohistorical and Contemporary Perspectives, (1995), Alaska Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting; Anchorage, Alaska..

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