Regna Darnell

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Regna Darnell is a Canadian anthropologist[1] known for her linguistic anthropological fieldwork with the Plains Cree of northern Alberta and with southwestern Ontario First Nations peoples as well as for her scholarship on the history of anthropology.

She attended Bryn Mawr College and in 1965 began Ph.D. work at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1969. She was a student of A. Irving Hallowell.

Her publications include biographies of the linguistic anthropologist Edward Sapir and of the ethnologist Daniel Garrison Brinton.

Currently she is professor of Anthropology and First Nations Studies at the University of Western Ontario.


  • Darnell, Regna (1988) Daniel Garrison Brinton: The "Fearless Critic" of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology.
  • Darnell, Regna (1990) Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Darnell, Regna (1998) And Along Came Boas: Continuity and Revolution in Americanist Anthropology. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Darnell, Regna (2001) Invisible Genealogies: A History of American Anthropology. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Darnell, Regna (2006) "Keeping the Faith: A Legacy of Native American Ethnography, Ethnohistory, and Psychology." In: New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, and Representations, ed. by Sergei A. Kan and Pauline Turner Strong, pp. 3–16. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.


  1. ^ World, Indiana University. Archives of Languages of the; Muse, Project (2004). Anthropological linguistics. Anthropology Department, Indiana University. p. 350. Retrieved 26 September 2011.