Sarah Gordon


Dr. Sarah Gordon
Education Building, Rm 4043
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X8
Phone: 709-864-8601

Sarah Gordon is interested in the creation of place through stories, especially in northern Canada. She studies narrative folklore, Canadian Aboriginal folklore, oral tradition, ethnopoetics, the politics of interlingual and intersemiotic translation, heritage, and colonial and postcolonial theory. Her past research, conducted in partnership with the Déline First Nation in the Sahtú region, discussed the role of cultural tools in preserving local identity in the face of locally- and colonially-imposed pressures to assimilate to urban Canadian norms. She contributed to the Abandoned Mines Project, which studied the impacts of abandoned mines on Indigenous communities in northern Canada, and to the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada. Once in awhile, she branches out and dabbles in writing about creepy clowns.


“Narratives Unearthed: Or, How An Abandoned Mine Doesn’t Really Abandon You.” In Mining and Communities in Northern Canada. John Sandlos and Arn Keeling, Eds. University of Calgary Press, 2015.

"Gúlú Agot’ı T’á Kǝ Gotsúhɂa Gha – Learning aBout Changes: Rethinking Indigenous Social Economy in Délı̨nę, NWT."  Co-authored with Simmons et. al. In Northern Communities Working Together: The Social Economy of Canada’s North. Ed. Chris Southcott. University of Toronto Press, 2015.

“Writing the Lacuna of Absence: Ethics of Ethnography as Ethics of Testimony.” In Folklore Forum, September 2009

Review of Life Among the Anthros and Other Essays by Clifford Geertz, edited by Fred Inglis, Journal of Folklore Research Reviews, April 2015.