The Centre for Rupert's Land Studies

Roland Bohr, Director

Roland Bohr is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. He grew up in Germany, where he earned an MA degree in history at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, with a thesis on the portrayal of North American Indigenous Peoples in German elementary and high school textbooks.

Following his interest in Indigenous technologies, in 1995/96, he held a Fulbright grant at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, where he studied the history and material culture of Aboriginal peoples of the northern plains, mainly the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota. In 1999, Roland Bohr entered the Ph. D. program in History at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, where he graduated in 2005 with a thesis on "Aboriginal Archery and European Firearms on the Northern Great Plains and in the Central Subarctic: Survival and Adaptation, 1670 - 1870." His thesis supervisor, Professor Jennifer S. H. Brown, introduced Roland Bohr to the Centre for Rupert's Land Studies, where he held a Harington Fellowship from 2001 to 2002.

His research interests include Canadian and US Aboriginal history, material culture of the fur trade era, and continuity and change in Indigenous hunting and military technology on the Northern Plains and in the Central Subarctic.

Breanna Waterman, Office Assistant

Breanna Waterman completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Winnipeg in History and Anthropology, minoring in Enlgish. She is currently enrolled in the Joint Masters Program at the Unviersity of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg, studying the effects of rationing during the Second World War.