Dana E. Powell G'19

Dana E. Powell
Associate Professor
Anthropology
Appalachian State University
last updated: 10/1/2019

ACLS Project Development Grants 2019
Associate Professor
Anthropology
Appalachian State University
States of Matter: Water’s Sovereignties and Subjectivities in the Navajo Nation

“States of Matter” supports collaborative research with Diné (Navajo) community experts, exploring lived experiences of climate change and possibilities for transition through an examination of human-water relationships in the wake of energy extraction and related toxicities. Grounded in critical energy studies and environmental humanities, the project reveals how water figures as life in everyday practice and contributes to decolonial approaches to Diné resilience. This grant will support anthropological research and ethnographic fieldwork in the Navajo Nation.