Franz Boas PapersWestern Social Science

Paulina Johnson

Paulina Johnson

Contact Information



Research Areas

Native Peoples, First Nations, Museums, Heritage, Canadian History, Exhibitions.


Paulina Johnson is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Western University. She has a M.A. in History (2013) from Western University and a B.A. with distinction double majoring in Anthropology and History from the University of Alberta (2012). As a Plains Cree woman from Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta, Paulina focuses on the public representation of Indigenous peoples and how Indigenous pasts have been appropriated, misunderstood, and misrepresented. Her dissertation aims to re-address Indigenous pasts through the use of oral narratives and how these stories are found throughout landscapes. As part of the Franz Boas Papers Project, her work focuses on Franz Boas’ influence in the study and exhibition of Native peoples in Canada. Attempting to understand Nineteenth Century thought, this research will address how Indigenous peoples were examined and how these early academic beliefs influenced public perceptions and established a legacy of academic traditions imposed upon Indigenous peoples and their histories.