In White Man's Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation, schools for Native American children are examined within the broad framework of race relations in the United States for the first time. Jacqueline Fear-Segal analyzes multiple schools and their differing agendas and engages with the conflicting white discourses of race that underlay their pedagogies. She argues that federal schools established to Americanize Native children did not achieve their purpose; instead they progressively racialized American Indians.
The Year the Stars Fell: Lakota Winter Count at the Smithsonian is co-published by the University of Nebraska Press and the National Museum of the American Indian. It celebrates the unique historical record of the Lakota Nation found in their winter counts. As a record of historical events important to the Lakota, this book contains representation from 14 winter counts that extend historical knowledge over 200 years of Lakota history. In a selection of essays the book documents these 14 calendar records that record the Leonid meteor shower of 1833û34.
William W. Warren: The Life, Letters, and Times of an Ojibwe Leader is a recent release from University of Nebraska Press that provides a biography of William Warren (1825-1853). This mixed-race man lived a brief but important life as an interpreter, historian and legislator. Drawing on original documents such as letters written by William Warren, the author has compiled a fascinating history of the life and times of this controversial man. The book describes Warren's childhood, his education, his efforts as a legislator, and his role in the Removal of 1850.
Margaret Connell Szasz's remarkable synthesis of archival and published materials is a detailed and engaging story told from both Indian and European perspectives. Szasz argues that the most intriguing dimension of colonial Indian education came with the individuals who tried to work across cultures.
Loon: Memory, Meaning, and Reality in a Northern Dene Community by author Henry Sharp explains how the Chipewyan create and order the shared reality of their culture. In August 1975 at Foxholm Lake on the reserve of the Chipewyan, a Northern Dene people, in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the anthropologist Henry S. Sharp and two members of the Mission Band encountered a loon. Loons are prized for their meat and skin, so the two Chipewyan triedÃ¹thirty timesÃ¹to kill it.
We Talk, You Listen: New Tribes, New Turf is a reissue of Vine Deloria's 1970 volume with a new introduction by Susan Shown Harjo. Vine Deloria Jr (1933-2005) was the author of more than 20 books about the state of Native Americans in North America. He is one of the foremost thinkers and scholars on Native American affairs. Set firmly in 1970, the book tackles issues of the day that still resonate in 2007. Chapters cover stereotyping, the issue of tactics and strategy, the liberal problem, Black Power, power, sovereignty, freedom, individualism, the constitution, and tribalism.
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.
Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes and Herbal Medicines is a collection of recipes, herbal remedies and information about plants and healing from the granddaughter of renowned Crow medicine woman Pretty Shield. Alma Hogan Snell recounts traditional knowledge of Crow women about the healing properties of food and advice for locating and harvesting edible plants. She includes recipes and cultural information about food and healthy living. Included are recipes for soups, teas, breads, as well as love medicine, beauty secrets, ad plant medicines.
Tales from Maliseet Country: The Maliseet Texts of Karl V. Teeter is a collection of traditional stories, oral history, and humourous recollections from Maliseet informants from New Brunswick collected by Harvard linguist Karl Teeter. Many of the stories and oral traditions were told by Peter Lewis Paul as well as other Maliseet men and women including Charles Laporte, Matilda Sappier, Solomon Polchies, William Saulis, and Alexander Sacobie.
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.