Breylan Náajeyistláa Martin is a PhD student in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship. She is Tlingit, Raven-T’akdeintaan Clan whose family is from Hoonah and Tenakee, Alaska. Her interests lie in the continuation of Native culture– specifically through the protection of land, water and resources. She hopes to advocate for alternative ways of being to the capitalist West.
She completed her Bachelors at Emory University in Religion & Anthropology receiving the Eugene Bianchi Prize for her senior thesis exploring the spiritual implications of NAGPRA. She also was awarded the Public History of Slavery Research Fellowship through the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice for her Masters’ studies at Brown University in the Public Humanities Department.