Robin R. R. Gray, Ph.D.

Tansi and welcome to my website!

I am Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, BC, and I belong to Waap Liyaa’mlaxha, a Gisbutwada (Blackfish) House in the Gitaxangiik Tribe. I wear the ancestral Ts’msyen name T’uu’tk, which, in its long form, roughly translates to Always Prominent Voice of Raven. On my father’s side I am Mikisew Cree, with Dene roots, from Fort Chipewyan, AB. My great-great-grandfather Chief Mikisew was a signatory to Treaty 8, one of 11 numbered treaties that exist between the Crown and various Indigenous Nations in settler colonial Canada. I also have extended kinship relationships with Heiltsuk through the House of Dhadhiyasila and with Kwakwaka'wakw through Namgis by way of legal Potlatch Adoption. 

I hold a B.A.S in Interdisciplinary Studies (2008), an M.A. in Anthropology (2010), a Ph.D. in Anthropology (2015), and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies (2015). I am now a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of California Santa Cruz.

As a Fellow at UCSC I am engaged in multi-sited, community-based research projects involving the international repatriation of Ts’msyen songs from archives, and embodied heritage reclamation in an urban Ts’msyen dance group. I am also developing a comprehensive knowledge dissemination strategy based on the topic, Researching, Representing and Repatriating Ts’msyen Cultural Heritage.

Areas of specialization include:


  • knowledge and power
  • law, ethics and society
  • Indigenous conceptions of property and ownership
  • settler colonialism and decolonization
  • reclamation through song and dance
  • repatriating Indigenous cultural heritage
  • community-based research
  • Indigenous methodologies