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William is an anthropologist who has researched northern cultures and environments throughout the circumpolar region for more than forty years. His archaeological research has investigated the history of Arctic and subarctic cultures and the effects of climate change and European contacts on the native cultures of Labrador, Quebec, and Baffin Island. His recent research explores sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Basque contact with Inuit in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Tracing circumpolar cultural connections led William to the Russian Arctic and to Mongolia, where he studied Bronze Age and other cultures. He founded and directs the Arctic Studies Center in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. In addition to books, exhibition catalogues, monographs, and journal papers, he has produced international exhibitions and popular films.