Faculty Experts

Philip P. Arnold

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion

Professor Arnold specializes in Native American traditions of the Americas with special emphasis on contact between Europeans and pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations and Iroquois traditions. His work in Nahuatl texts and archaeological materials from central Mexico has focused on connections between indigenous rituals and their material world. His articles have included topics on the ritual symbolism of food, cultural contact in the development of religion in the Americas, and “book culture” in Native communities. Currently, his work highlights the local history and religious landscape of the Erie Canal and of New York State, utilizing the issues and insights of Haudenosaunee (i.e., Longhouse, or Traditional Iroquois).

He is the Chair of the Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences.

He is the author of The Gift of Sports: Indigenous Ceremonial Dimensions of the Games We Love and Eating Landscape: Aztec and European Occupation of Tlalocan.