Kevin White

Kevin J. White is Assistant Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto. White is Mohawk from Akwesasne and has family from the Tonawanda Band of Seneca.  His research focuses the Haudenosaunee Creation story, storytelling, and Haudenosaunee culture in oral history and archives. He is also interested in revitalization movements, food knowledge and sovereignty, and the decolonization of Indigenous culture from the salvage ethnography period.  His newest work specializes in the work of Tuscarora ethnographer J.N.B. Hewitt and his current projects address Hewitt’s Iroquois Cosmology.  He is working with the Six Nations Grand River community on the Deskaheh Project and Waugh Story Collection.  

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“Haudenosaunee Storytelling: Knowledge Systems and History,” Redefining Narrative Series: Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Lecture, 22 January 2023,  Available at:

“Adoption, Incorporation, and a Sense of Citizenship and Belonging in Indigenous Nations and Culture: A Haudenosaunee Perspective.” AlterNative: an International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 14:4 (2018): 333-42.

with Michael Galban, and Eugene R.H. Tesdahl. “La Salle on Seneca Creation, 1678.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 40:4 (2016): 49-69.