George F. MacDonald was born in 1938 in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Yale. He is a distinguished and brilliant anthropologist, expert on the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, and has guided several of the world’s great museums. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2006.
A staunch proponent of Canadian multiculturalism (and pluralism generally), he acknowledged the greatness of all humanity, at all times in history, including those cultures that achieved only limited technology. Perhaps ironically, he embraced technology wholeheartedly, and used it extensively and successfully as a tool to bring the past to life.