Associate Professor Charlotte Coté (Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth) has been teaching in AIS since 2001. Dr. Coté holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, a B.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in B.C., and a Diploma in Broadcast Communications from the B.C. Institute of Technology. She is Affiliated Faculty in the UW's Jackson School Canadian Studies Center. Dr. Coté serves as co-editor for the UW Press’ Indigenous Confluences series with UBC Professor Dr. Coll Thrush.
Dr. Coté is the author of Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors: Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions (UW Press, 2010). which raises issues concerning Indigenous self-determination, eco-colonialism, and food sovereignty. Her current book, A Drum in one Hand, A Sockeye in the Other. Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest Coast (UW Press, 2021) combines Food and Indigenous Studies scholarship with personal memoire, stories, case studies, and Indigenous language and philosophy to show how traditional foods play a major role in physical, emotional, spiritual, and dietary wellness. Her other publications include, “Indigenizing” Food Sovereignty. Revitalizing Indigenous Food Practices and Ecological Knowledges in Canada and the U.S.,” and “Food Sovereignty, Food Hegemony, and the Revitalization of Indigenous Whaling Practices.”
Dr. Coté is chair of the UW’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (a Lushootseed word meaning “Intellectual House”) Advisory Committee; a two-phase project that honors Coast Salish culture and architecture and provides a cultural and intellectual space that exemplifies the spirit of sharing, cooperation, and commitment to Indigenous knowledges and communities. Phase One was completed in March, 2015.
Dr. Coté is co-founder and chair of the UW’s annual “The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Foods Symposium held in May at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ.
Dr. Coté’s areas of research and specialization: Indigenous food traditions, food sovereignty, health/wellness, traditional ecological knowledge, story as theory, environmental/social justice, Indigenous resistance/resurgence, federal Indian law, Indigenous film/media.
Teaching: AIS 380 - Indigenous Food Sovereignty, AIS 270 — Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, AIS 480 — Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence Movements in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, AIS 335 — Native Americans and the Law, AIS 103 - The Indigenous Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Coté serves on the Board of Directors for the UW's Center for American Indian/Indigenous Studies (CAIIS), the Burke Museum's Native American Advisory Board, the Na-ah Illahee Fund Board, and the NDN Collective (Northwest Coast Representative). She also served on the Potlatch Fund Board of Directors, and for seven years served as President.
- Coté, Charlotte. “Food Sovereignty, Food Hegemony, and the Revitalization of Indigenous Whaling Practices,” The World of Indigenous North America. New York: Routledge, 2014.
- Coté, Charlotte. Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors. Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010.
- Coté, Charlotte. “Maintaining Harmony and Keeping the Peace: Non-violence and Conflict Resolutions in Native American Traditional Systems of Justice,” in Religion, Terrorism and Globalization. Non-violence: A New Agenda, Nova Science Publishers, 2006.
- Coté, Charlotte. “The Spiritual Aspects of Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling –The Guardian Spirit Complex of the Northwest Coast Tribes,” Encyclopedia of American Indian Religious Traditions, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Inc, 2005.
- Coté, Charlotte. “Historical Foundations of Indian Sovereignty in Canada and the United States,” American Review of Canadian Studies Journal, Special First Nations Issue, 2001.
- The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge
Summer 2021 A-term
Summer 2020 A-term
Summer 2019 A-term
Summer 2018 B-term
Summer 2016 A-term
Summer 2015 A-term
Summer 2014 A-term
- Professor Charlotte Coté featured in Crosscut Article on Indigenous Reclamation - April 29, 2021
- Charlotte Coté to Present 16th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture - February 13, 2020
- The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Call for Presenters - December 19, 2019
- Professor Coté Takes Students Beyond the Classroom - September 12, 2018
- Charlotte Coté Profile in The Whole U - July 22, 2016
- wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House opens on campus - March 14, 2015
- Opening celebration of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ scheduled for March 12-13, 2015 - December 19, 2014
- 2014 "Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge Symposium ~ Registration Now Open - August 18, 2014
- Summer course: Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast - May 21, 2013
- Indigenous Foods/Ecological Knowledge Symposium! May 1-2, 2013 - February 19, 2013
- Voices of the First Peoples Film Series premieres September 16 - September 14, 2012
- AIS summer course offerings - April 22, 2011