George "Wolf" Gumerman, IV, PhD
Subject matter expertise
- Hopi culture
- People and plant
- Food and
- The Andes
back to his youth, Dr. Gumerman has had a longstanding connection to the Hopi Reservation
in Arizona and has committed much of his work at NAU to helping preserve the
tribe’s cultural heritage.
more than a decade, Dr. Gumerman has served as the principal investigator on an
intergenerational learning project, called Hopi Footprints of the Ancestors, which connects Hopi
youth to the traditions, language and culture of their tribe, in order to help
preserve the customs that allow the Hopi to thrive. The project reflects the challenges that face today’s Hopi youth: Being grounded
in their ancestral and traditional cultural roots, yet living with the
pressures of the modern world.Their desire is to
maintain Hopi core values of kyaptsi
or respect, to remain tied to their traditions and land, and to get an
Footprints project brings together Hopi high-school students and elders,
cultural specialists, archaeologists, and anthropologists for trips to places
of cultural significance, usually archaeological sites in the American
Southwest. The students document their experiences along the way, working with
Dr. Gumerman and others at NAU to produce films, websites, and museum exhibits
that communicate their own perspective on what they've experienced.
Dr. Gumerman led the Moche Foodways
Archaeological Project, which sought to understand the ancient Moche
civilization of Peru through the study of prehistoric food systems. His
discovery of a funerary feasting complex at ‘El Brujo’ revealed that the
feasting cultures of the Moche primarily revolved around death, warfare and
Footprints of the Ancestors: Reengaging
Hopi Youth with their Culture. Museums
and Social Issues 7(2): 149-166.
Big Hearths and Big Pots: Moche Feasting
on the North Coast of Peru, In Inside
Ancient Kitchens: New Directions in the Study of
Daily Meals and Feasts, edited by Elizabeth Klarich. Univ. of Colorado.
Commentary on A Model Applied
Archaeology Curriculum (with Francis E. Smiley). The SAA Archaeological Record 9 (1): 24-26.
Hopi Culture Curriculum and Resource
CD ROM. Curriculum binder submitted to the Hopi Tribe and Hopi teachers.
Santa Rosa-Quirihuac y
Ciudad de Dios: Asentameintos rurales en la Parte Media del Valle de Moche
(with Jesús Briceño). In
Moche: Hacia el Final del Milenio, edited by Santiago Uceda and Elias Mujica,
pp. 217-243. Universidad Nacional de Trujillo y Pontificia Universidad Catolica
Llama Power and Empowered Fishermen:
Food and Power at Pacatnamu, Peru. In The
Dynamics of Power, edited by Maria O’Donovan, pp. 238-256. Southern
Illinois University Press, Carbondale.
Southwestern Foodways: Beyond
Nutrition. In Examining the Course of
Southwest Archaeology: The Durango Conference, September 1995, edited by David
A. Phillips, Jr. and Lynne Sebastian, pp. 79-93. New Mexico Archeological
Council, Special Publications No. 3, Albuquerque.
Archaeological Practice and Theory:
Towards a Better Understanding of the Past and its Application to the Future
(with George J. Gumerman). In Examining
the Course of Southwest Archaeology: The Durango Conference, September 1995,
edited by David A. Phillips, Jr. and Lynne Sebastian, pp. 145-156. New Mexico
Archeological Council, Special Publications No. 3, Albuquerque.
Dos asentamientos Moche en la Parte
Media del Valle de Moche: Santa Rosa-Quirihuac y Ciudad de Dios (with Brian
Billman and Jesús Briceño). Revista
Arqueologica SIAN 4(7): 3-8.
Botanical Offerings in Moche Burials
at Pacatnamu. In Pacatnamu Papers, Vol.
II, edited by C. B. Donnan and G. A. Cock, pp. 243-249. Fowler Museum of
Cultural History, UCLA.
Food and Complex Societies. J. of Archaeological Method and Theory 4(2):105-139.
Feeding Specialists: The Effect of
Specialization on Subsistence Variation. In Paleonutrition:
The Diet and Health of Prehistoric Americans, edited by Kristin Sobolik.
Southern Illinois Univ. Press, Carbondale.
Corn for the Dead: The Significance
of Zea mays in Moche Burial
Offerings. In Corn and Culture in the
Prehistoric New World, edited by Sissel Johannessen and Christine A.
Hastorf, pp. 399-410. Westview Press, Boulder.
Review of Alfred Vincent Kidder and
the Development of Americanist Archaeology. American
Anthropologist 95 (4):1012.
and Complex Societies: Diet Between Diverse Socio-Economic Groups at Pacatnamu,
Peru. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of California, Los Angeles.
Analisis de los Restos
Botanicos de los Monticulos C4 y F4. In Investigaciones
Arqueologicas en la Costa Sur de Guatemala, edited by David S. Whitley and
Marilyn P. Beaudry. UCLA Institute of Archaeology Monograph 31, pp. 199-204.
Late Prehistoric Period in the Coso Range and Environs (with D. S. Whitley, J.
M. Simon and Edward H. Rose). Pacific
Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly
Siphon Technique: An Addition to the Flotation Process. (with Bruce S. Umemoto). American Antiquity 52 (2):330‑336.
Abstract of The Complete
Visitor's Guide to Mesoamerican Ruins in American
Antiquity 48 (2).
of Camera, Spade and Pen in American
Special groups and committees
Foodways Archaeological Project
and co-editor of Heritage Management
journal, 2007 – 2010
of the Ancestors
for American Archaeology
of the Monuments (Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, and Wupatki National
Monuments), Treasurer and Board Member
Collegiate Honors Council
University of Illinois - Urbana Champagne
PhD, University of California - Los Angeles, 1991