Harald E. L. Prins
(born 1951) is a Dutch anthropologist, ethnohistorian, filmmaker, and human rights activist specialized in North and South America's indigenous peoples and cultures.
Brief biographical sketch
was born in the Netherlands
and is a University Distinguished Professor of anthropology at Kansas State University
Academically trained at various universities in the Netherlands, where he studied prehistoric archaeology, history, and cultural anthropology, among others under Anton Weiler, Albert Trouwborst, Anton Blok
, and Ton Lemaire, he completed his doctoraal
at the Radboud University Nijmegen
(1976). After two years as an Assistant Professor in theoretical history at its graduate program, he came to New York City under the auspices of the Netherlands-America Institute in 1978. As a Vera List Fellow at the Graduate Faculty of Social and Political Science, the New School for Social Research
(1978–1979), he studied anthropology under Eric Wolf
, Michael Harner
, Edmund Snow Carpenter
and others. In addition, he received formal training in advanced 16mm film-making in NYC (1979–1980).
Although he has also done research among half a dozen other indigenous nations in North and South America, he is primarily known for his ethnographic and historic research on Wabanaki
Indian peoples and cultures, in particular the Mi'kmaq
(or Micmac). After ethnographic fieldwork in La Pampa
, Argentina (1980–1981), he merged the theoretical perspectives of cultural......