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Harald E. L. Prins

University distinguished professor of anthropology

Harald E. L. PrinsBorn and raised in The Netherlands, Harald E.L. Prins was trained in anthropology, archaeology and comparative history at various universities in The Netherlands and the United States.

Professionally trained in 16-mm filmmaking, he has co-authored and consulted on several documentary films and juried documentary film festivals. Prins has done extensive fieldwork among indigenous peoples in South and North America, in particular among the Mi'kmaq and Mapuche Indian nations.

His publications include his book, "The Mi'kmaq: Resistance and Accommodation"; two co-authored books, "Asticou's Island Domain" and "Indians in Eden"; a co-edited volume, "American Beginnings: Exploration, Culture and Cartography in the Land of Norumbega"; four co-authored and widely used anthropology textbooks, including "Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge" (11th, 12th, 13th and 14th eds.); two co-edited special journal issues; and approximately 150 scholarly articles, book chapters, reviews and encyclopedia entries in eight languages.

He also had the lead role in the successful federal recognition and land claims case of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs in 1990, and served as an expert witness in several Native American rights cases in the U.S. Senate, U.S. federal court, Canadian federal court and Newfoundland provincial court.

Prins was guest professor at Lund University in Sweden; principal investigator for a U.S. National Park Service ethnographic research project on the Maine seacoast; and research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. He also served as president of the Society for Visual Anthropology and was visual anthropology editorial of the journal American Anthropologist.

He co-produced "Our Lives in Our Hands," an internationally screened documentary film on Mi'kmaq Indians in Maine, and an international award-winning video and DVD, "Oh, What A Blow That Phantom Gave Me!" He also served as principal research adviser for another award-winning film, "Wabanaki: A New Dawn," and appears as a Native American history, cultural anthropology and ethnographic film expert in a number of international documentaries, including some for television. Most recently, he was guest curator for a national award-winning museum exhibit on Native Americans and early tourism in seacoast Maine.

Prins has a doctoraal degree from the Radboud University in The Netherlands and a doctorate from the New School for Social Research. Having taught at the University of Lund in Sweden, Radboud University, the University of Maine and Colby College and Bowdoin College in Maine, he joined K-State in 1990. Promoted to full professor in 1996, he was appointed a university distinguished professor of anthropology in 2005.

He has received many honors for his teaching, including the 2010 American Anthropological Association/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology. The award is the highest national teaching honor for his profession. He also was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Kansas Professor of the Year in 2006.

Prins' many teaching honors from K-State include the Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 1999 and the Conoco Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 1993. He also served as K-State's 2004-2005 Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Prins can be contacted at prins@k-state.edu.

Photo courtesy Gizmo Pictures 2006.