Practicing Ethnohistory: Mining Archives, Hearing Testimony, Constructing Narrative is a collection of 21 essays by an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. These essays are organized in four sections: textual historiography, positive analytic methods using nontextual physical evidence, ethnohistorical synthesis, and the ethical-contextual issues of ethnohistory. The focus in many essays is the Choctaw Nation and the historical and anthropological research about them.
Histories of Anthropology Annual Volume 1 is a collection of 10 essays edited by Regna Darnell and Frederic Gleach. One of the most significant essays is by linguist Michael K. Foster. Jacob Ezra Thomas: Educator and Conservator of Iroquois Culture pays tribute to the life work of Cayuga Chief Jake Thomas from Six Nations of the Grand River. The other essay of interest is Trends in Image and Design: Reflections on 25 Years of a Tribal Museum Era by Patricia Pierce Erikson. This paper recounts the history of the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Washington State.
When You Sing It Now, Just Like New: First Nations Poetics, Voices, and Representations is a collection of essays about stories: about hearing, sharing, and recording them, and sometimes even becoming characters in them. These essays, which contextualize stories within anthropology, flow from Robin Ridington and Jillian Ridington's decades of work with the Athapaskan-speaking Dane-zaa people, who live in Canada's Peace River area. The essays in part 1 feature the Ridingtons' audio work as well as Jillian's reflections on her relationships with Dane-zaa women.
The Seminole Baptist Churches of Oklahoma: Maintaining a Traditional Community is based on the author's four-year fieldwork study in the early 1990s among a Seminole Baptist community in Oklahoma. There he attended formal and informal gatherings such as Prayer Meetings and services. He also interviewed church members and fully participated in church gatherings and meetings. As an anthropologist his work is interested in understanding the social and cultural aspects of religion as these continue to support and maintain Seminole identity as a unique and distinctive Nation.
Historical study of the Delaware Big House Ceremony. This edited collection contains diverse perspectives from historical documents and contemporary accounts. There are commentaries by Delaware traditionalists from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. The earliest accounts of this sacred ceremony date from 1655 to the most recent Nora Thompson Dean's account of the Eastern Oklahoma Unami Delaware Big House from 1973-1984. Additional contributors include Ruthe Blalock James, Marlene Molly Miller, Michael Pace, and Darryl Stonefish.
The Early Years of Native American Art History: The Politics of Scholarship and Collecting is a collection of essays dealing with the development of Native American art history as a discipline rather than with particular art works or artists. It focuses on the early anthropologist, museum curators, dealers, and collectors, and on the multiple levels of understanding and misunderstanding, appropriation and reappropriation, that characterized their transactions.
Journalist tackles the history of the Americas based on current anthropological, archaeological, scientific and literary evidence. The book is written in a fast-paced detective format. Topics include the origins of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, the origin of corn and cotton, early writing, farming in the Amazon rain forest, warfare, the Great Law of Peace, terminology, contributions, mathematics and calendars. Second edition.
The Two-Spirit man occupies a singular place in Native American culture, balancing the male and the female spirit even as he tries to blend gay and Native identity. The accompanying ambiguities of gender and culture come into vivid relief in the powerful and poignant Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country, the first book to take an in-depth look at contemporary American Indian gender diversity.
Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology by professor of anthropology Regna Darnell provides a history of anthropology in North America. Its development is seen as one of continuity extending back to the work of Franz Boas. Others who extended the tradition are noted. Anthropologists and scholars such as A. L. Kroeber, Ruth Benedict, Edward Sapir, Elsie Clews Parsons, Paul Radin, Benjamin Lee Whorf, A. Irving Hallowell, Claude Levi-Strauss and Clifford Geertz are all genealogical ancestors for today's anthropologists.
An Illustrated History of Canada's Native Peoples: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began is the 2011 revised and expanded edition of the earlier title, I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Historian Arthur J. Ray offers the general reader an accessible overview of the history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada from pre-contact to the twenty-first century.