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Dr. Dayna Bowker Lee holds a B.A in Anthropology and an M.A. in History from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.  She has also received specialized training in archival management and archaic French.  Dr. Lee’s thesis research explored the social and economic ramifications of Indian slavery during the French and Spanish Colonial administration of Louisiana, with an examination of the persistence of this practice on the colonial borderlands.  Her dissertation research examined the population health and adaptive strategies of the protohistoric and historic Caddo.  This research also examined community formation after 1859, when the Caddo merged into a single tribal entity, as well as how the Caddo have adapted culturally to maintain a unique identity.  Dr. Lee served as assistant director of the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University from 1985-1991, and as traditional arts director for the Oklahoma State Arts Council from 1991-1996.  Returning to Louisiana, she directed the Louisiana Regional Folklife Program at NSU where she also served as assistant professor.  Dr. Lee has been an ethnohistorian for 30 years, and has authored or co-authored over 75 academic and CRM publications.  Dr Lee has conducted numerous ethnographic and ethnohistorical projects for the National Park Service, including the Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  She has served as tribal liaison for several cultural resources projects, and recently served as lead ethnographer on the BP Macondo 252 Incident Response project to document Traditional Cultural Properties across the Gulf Coast.  Dr. Lee currently serves as senior historian and ethnographer for Earth Search, Inc. in New Orleans.

DR. DAYNA BOWKER LEE

Historian / Ethnographer