Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas in running gear

Independent researcher, historic preservation specialist, maple sugaring expert. My interests lie in the historical and contemporary interrelationships between individuals and communities and their forest environments. I am currently working with the National Park Service on a study of the use of northern white cedar trees by Upper Great Lakes Ojibwe Indians. I continue to be engaged in studies of the historical development of the Euro-American maple sugaring industry, and when time permits and the spirit moves me I make progress on finishing my magnum opus, a book on Maple Sugar and the Ojibwe People.

Past degrees BA Anthropology and American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota-Duluth; MA Anthropology, University of Wisconsin

Thesis Where the Forest Meets the Farm: A Comparison of the Spatial and Historical Change in the Euro-American and American Indian Maple Production

trees in winter

trees in winter catching maple sap