Chief archaeologist and curator of ethnography at the Maine State Museum Bruce J. Bourque surveys the archaeological and ethnohistorical record to compile this overview of twelve thousand years of Native American culture and history in Maine. From the Paleo-Indian period to the present this scholarly but accessible work includes maps, photographs, and illustrations from archival sources that highlight the cultural traditions of the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations.
Oxford University professor of anthropology provides detailed anthropological analysis of anthropological theory surrounding kinship systems of Native Americans. Challenges the work of Claude Levi-Strauss and others in this work that examines Omaha kinship, descent systems and naming.
The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns is a fascinating history of contemporary Kiowa hymn singing that still takes place on the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation in Oklahoma. Ethnographer Luke Eric Lassiter, historian Clyde Ellis, and Kiowa Elder and hymnologist Ralph Kotay combine their interests into this fine example of collaborative ethnography. The first chapter provides the historian's perspective about Kiowa history and the effects of Christianity or The Jesus Road on a particular Oklahoma reservation.
An examination of three contemporary systems of justice in Coast Salish communities in the United States and Canada provide a new perspective on the role legal anthropology plays in understanding the ways traditional laws confront contemporary justice issues. Taking the examples of Upper Skagit Justice in the United States and the Stó:lö Nation and the South Island Justice Project in Canada, Miller examines the inherent problems local communities face when attempting to design self-governing justice systems.
Lakota Dictionary: Lakota-English / English-Lakota is the new comprehensive edition of the 1970 publication, A Dictionary of the Teton Dakota Sioux Language. Original compiler, Eugene Buechel (1874-1954), was a Jesuit priest who spent many years working with the Lakota people. This edition contains over 30,000 entries and includes the important English-to-Lakota section as well as the Lakota-to-English entries. A brief introduction to the Lakota Sioux language provides a pronunciation guide as well as a section on how to use the dictionary.
UNAVAILABLE From the Heart of the Crow Country: The Crow Indians' Own Stories by Crow historian Joseph Medicine Crow recounts tribal history and cultural traditions in this slim volume reissued by University of Nebraska Press. The book begins with brief descriptions of Crow culture and covers such topics as social organization, military organization, religion, economics, language, dress, populations, and recreation. The author who combines scholarly accounts with oral history stresses that he has worked to verify every fact of Crow history.
The Real Rosebud: The Triumph of a Lakota Woman is a three-generation history of a Lakota family. Family friend Marjorie Weinberg writes about the life of her mentor and friend, Rosebud Yellow Robe (1907-1992). Rosebud was the granddaughter of the original Yellow Robe, chief of the BrulÚ tribe of the Lakota Sioux Nation at the time of the Little Bighorn battle. Her father, Chauncey Yellow Robe, was sent by his father to the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Chauncey later went on to work for the Indian Service and the joined the Rapid City Indian School in South Dakota in 1905.
Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of the Algonquian Literatures of North America is an essential introduction and captivating guide to Native literary traditions still thriving in many parts of North America. This scholarly volume contains vital background information and new translations of songs and stories reaching back to the seventeenth century.
Powwow, edited by Clyde Ellis, Luke Eric Lassiter and Gary H. Dunham, is a recent publication from the University of Nebraska Press. This collection contains 14 scholarly articles about the origins, history, meanings, and ongoing importance of the powwow cultural tradition. The articles describe the origins of the powwow among the Hochunk as well as the continuing history of the powwow tradition among the peoples of the Plains. Patricia Albers and Beatrice Medicine reflect on forty years of involvement in Northern Plains powwow circuit.
The Struggle for Self-Determination: History of the Menominee Indians Since 1854 begins with the establishment of a small reservation in the Menominee homeland in northeastern Wisconsin at a time when the Menominee economic, political, and social structure came under aggressive assault. For the next hundred years the tribe attempted to regain control of its destiny, enduring successive policy attacks by governmental, religious, and local business sources. The Menominee's rich forests became a battleground on which they refused to cede control to the U.S. government.