Category: Indigenous studies

Rez Life

Atlantic Monthly Press | January 31, 2012 | 368 pages
Presents an insider chronicle of the history of Indian reservations and contemporary Native American life, highlighting misunderstood issues and examining the historical tensions between Native Americans and the U.S. government.  More Info

Chief Bender's Burden

Bison Books | May 1, 2010 | 352 pages
The greatest American Indian baseball player of all time, Charles Albert Bender was, according to a contemporary, “the coolest pitcher in the game.” Using a trademark delivery, an impressive assortment of pitches that may have included the game’s first slider, and an apparently unflappable... More Info

The War in Words

U of Nebraska Press | May 1, 2009 | 363 pages
The War in Words is the first book to study the captivity and confinement narratives generated by a single American war as it traces the development and variety of the captivity narrative genre. Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola examines the complex 1862 Dakota Conflict (also called the Dakota War)... More Info

Hidden In Plain Sight

April 24, 2019 | 458 pages
The history of Aboriginal people in Canada taught in schools and depicted in the media tends to focus on Aboriginal displacement from native lands and the consequent social and cultural disruptions they have endured. Collectively, they are portrayed as passive victims of European colonization and... More Info

The texture of contact

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2009 | 395 pages
The Texture of Contact is a landmark study of Iroquois and European communities and coexistence in eastern North America before the American Revolution. David L. Preston details the ways in which European and Iroquois settlers on the frontiers creatively adapted to each other’s presence, weaving... More Info

The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead

Johns Hopkins Univ Pr | February 7, 2011 | 163 pages
"Two thousand Wendat (Huron) Indians stood on the edge of an enormous burial pit... they held in their arms the bones of roughly seven hundred deceased friends and family members. The Wendats had lovingly scraped and cleaned the bones of the corpses that had decomposed on the scaffolds. They... More Info

The National Museum of the American Indian

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2008 | 475 pages
The first American national museum designed and run by indigenous peoples, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC opened in 2004. It represents both the United States as a singular nation and the myriad indigenous nations within its borders.... More Info

White mother to a dark race

Univ of Nebraska Pr | July 1, 2009 | 557 pages
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, indigenous communities in the United States and Australia suffered a common experience at the hands of state authorities: the removal of their children to institutions in the name of assimilating American Indians and protecting Aboriginal... More Info

Natick Dictionary

Univ of Nebraska Pr | June 1, 2009 | 392 pages
James Hammond Trumbull was a prolific New England antiquarian and linguist. In connection with his research into the Native languages of New England, his discovery that some of the languages were highly systematic enabled him to decipher the grammar and vocabulary from rough phonetic accounts of... More Info

Taking assimilation to heart

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2006 | 276 pages
Taking Assimilation to Heart examines marriages between white women and indigenous men in Australia and the United States between 1887 and 1937. In these settler societies, white women were expected to reproduce white children to keep the white race “pure”--hence special anxieties were... More Info

Koasati traditional narratives

University of Nebraska Press | June 1, 2010 | 303 pages
Koasati Traditional Narratives is the first published collection of oral literature of the Koasati Indians, who at the time of first contact with the West lived in the upper Tennessee River valley but now predominantly reside in western Louisiana. The works were gathered from several narrators... More Info

Keeping the Circle

University of Nebraska Press | September 1, 2007 | 196 pages
Keeping the Circle presents an overview of the modern history and identity of the Native peoples in twentieth-century North Carolina, including the Lumbees, the Tuscaroras, the Waccamaw Sioux, the Occaneechis, the Meherrins, the Haliwa-Saponis, and the Coharies. From the late 1800s until the 1930s,... More Info

Eagle Voice Remembers

Bison Books | June 1, 2011 | 280 pages
This book was originally published as When the Tree Flowered: An Authentic Tale of the Old Sioux World.  More Info

The American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island

Univ of Nebraska Pr | December 1, 2008 | 283 pages
The occupation of Alcatraz Island by American Indians from November 20, 1969, through June 11, 1971, focused the attention of the world on Native Americans and helped develop pan-Indian activism. In this detailed examination of the takeover, Troy R. Johnson tells the story of those who organized... More Info

The Brothertown Nation of Indians

Univ of Nebraska Pr | July 1, 2010 | 341 pages
A group of educated Christian Natives from a variety of New England tribes came together in central New York in 1785 to form a community of their own, Brothertown, a proprietary “Body Politick” modeled after a New England town with an elected leadership. In an effort to retain their land rights... More Info

The Lakota Ritual of the Sweat Lodge

Bison Books | August 1, 1999 | 340 pages
For centuries, a persistent and important component of Lakota religious life has been the Inipi, the ritual of the sweat lodge. The sweat lodge has changed little in appearance since its first recorded description in the late seventeenth century. The ritual itself consists of songs, prayers, and... More Info

Dance Lodges of the Omaha People

Univ of Nebraska Pr | June 1, 2008 | 214 pages
After the Omaha Nation was officially granted its reservation land in northeastern Nebraska in 1854, Omaha culture appeared to succumb to a Euro-American standard of living under the combined onslaught of federal Indian policies, governmental officials, and missionary zealots. At the same time,... More Info

Ruth Landes

University of Nebraska Press | September 1, 2007 | 315 pages
Ruth Landes (1908–91) is now recognized as a pioneer in the study of race and gender relations. Ahead of her time in many respects, Landes worked with issues that defined the central debates in the discipline at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In Ruth Landes, Sally Cole reconsiders... More Info

Iroquois on Fire

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2008 | 168 pages
In their homelands in what is now New York state, the Iroquois have assumed a prominent role in public debate as residents of the region seek ways to resolve multibillion-dollar land claims. The initial dispute over territorial title has grown to encompass gambling, treaties, taxation, and what it... More Info

Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians

Bison Books | January 1, 2008 | 166 pages
Mythology of the Blackfoot Indians, originally published in 1908 by the American Museum of Natural History, introduces such figures as Old Man, Scar-Face, Blood-Clot, and the Seven Brothers. Included are tales with ritualistic origins emphasizing the prototypical Beaver-Medicine and the roles... More Info

We will dance our truth

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2009 | 373 pages
In this innovative, performative approach to the expressive culture of the Yaqui (Yoeme) peoples of the Sonora and Arizona borderlands, David Delgado Shorter provides an altogether fresh understanding of Yoeme worldviews. Based on extensive field study, Shorter’s interpretation of the... More Info

Mapping the Mississippian shatter zone

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2009 | 526 pages
During the two centuries following European contact, the world of late prehistoric Mississippian chiefdoms collapsed and Native communities there fragmented, migrated, coalesced, and reorganized into new and often quite different societies. The editors of this volume, Robbie Ethridge and Sheri M.  More Info

Doctor among the Oglala Sioux Tribe

Univ of Nebraska Pr | May 1, 2010 | 366 pages
In 1953 young surgeon Robert H. Ruby began work as the chief medical officer at the hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He began writing almost daily to his sister, describing the Oglala Lakota people he served, his Bureau of Indian Affairs colleagues, and day-to-day life... More Info

Indian Education in the American Colonies, 1607-1783

Univ of Nebraska Pr | July 1, 2007 | 333 pages
Armed with Bible and primer, missionaries and teachers in colonial America sought, in their words, “to Christianize and civilize the native heathen.” Both the attempts to transform Indians via schooling and the Indians' reaction to such efforts are closely studied for the first time in Indian... More Info

Native storiers

Univ of Nebraska Pr | March 1, 2009 | 198 pages
Gerald Vizenor presents in this anthology some of the best contemporary Native American Indian authors writing today. The five books from which these excerpts are drawn are published in the University of Nebraska Press’s Native Storiers series. This series introduces innovative, emergent,... More Info

Skylark meets meadowlark

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2009 | 416 pages
A Native rereading of both British Romanticism and mainstream Euro-American ecocriticism, this cross-cultural transatlantic study of literary imaginings about birds sets the agenda for a more sophisticated and nuanced ecocriticism. Lakota critic Thomas C. Gannon explores how poets and nature... More Info

Lakotas, Black Robes, and Holy Women

University of Nebraska Press | January 1, 2010 | 340 pages
Lakotas, Black Robes, and Holy Women makes available in English a rare collection of eyewitness accounts by German Catholic missionaries among the Lakotas in the late nineteenth century. German missionaries played an important role in the early years of the St. Francis mission on the Rosebud... More Info

The Oglala Sioux

Bison Books | April 1, 2010 | 120 pages
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) physician Robert H. Ruby arrived on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to oversee the health needs of the Oglala Sioux tribe during a period of significant transformation and change in federal Indian policies. As Ruby came to know the individuals living on the... More Info

Households and hegemony

Univ of Nebraska Pr | May 1, 2008 | 228 pages
The long-term significance of the household as a social and economic force—particularly in relation to authority positions or institutions—has remained relatively unexplored in North American archaeology. Households and Hegemony makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the role... More Info

Broken treaties

Univ of Nebraska Pr | June 1, 2009 | 450 pages
Broken Treaties is a comparative assessment of Indian treaty negotiation and implementation focusing on the first decade following the United States–Lakota Treaty of 1868 and Treaty Six between Canada and the Plains Cree (1876). Jill St. Germain argues that the “broken treaties” label imposed... More Info

Southern Ute Women

Univ of Nebraska Pr | January 1, 2009 | 165 pages
After the passage of the Dawes Severalty Act in 1887, the Southern Ute Agency was the scene of an intense federal effort to assimilate the Ute Indians. The Southern Utes were to break up their common land holdings and transform themselves into middle-class patriarchal farm and pastoral families. In... More Info

Tribal Theory in Native American Literature

University of Nebraska Press | January 1, 2010 | 192 pages
Scholars and readers continue to wrestle with how best to understand and appreciate the wealth of oral and written literatures created by the Native communities of North America. Are critical frameworks developed by non-Natives applicable across cultures, or do they reinforce colonialist power and... More Info

Coyote Warrior

Bison Books | January 1, 2010 | 344 pages
From White Shield to Washington DC, new Indian wars are being fought by Ivy League-trained lawyers called "Coyote Warriors"--among them a Mandan/Hidatsa named Raymond Cross. Coyote Warrior tells the epic story of the three tribes that saved Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery from starvation,... More Info

White man's club

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2007 | 395 pages
Tens of thousands of Indian children filed through the gates of government schools to be trained as United States citizens. Part of a late-nineteenth-century campaign to eradicate Native cultures and communities, these institutions became arenas where whites debated the terms of Indian citizenship,... More Info

Sacred Sites

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2010 | 291 pages
A history that is equal parts science and mythology, Sacred Sites offers a rare and poetic vision of a world composed of dynamic natural forces and mythic characters. The result is a singular and memorable account of the evolution of the Southern California landscape, reflecting the riches of both... More Info

Women elders' life stories of the Omaha Tribe

Univ of Nebraska Pr | January 1, 2010 | 112 pages
Eleanor Baxter, Alice Saunsoci, and Hawate (Wenona Caramony) are female elders of the Omaha Tribe in Macy, in the northeast corner of Nebraska. All three grew up on the Omaha reservation, moved away in later life, and held careers outside the reservation. Yet all returned to their community,... More Info

Kiowa humanity and the invasion of the state

Univ of Nebraska Pr | March 1, 2008 | 198 pages
Kiowa Humanity and the Invasion of the State illuminates the ways in which Kiowas on the southern plains dealt with the U.S. government’s efforts to control them after they were forced onto a reservation by an 1867 treaty. The overarching effects of colonial domination resembled those suffered by... More Info

Contesting knowledge

Univ of Nebraska Pr | July 1, 2009 | 362 pages
This interdisciplinary and international collection of essays illuminates the importance and effects of Indigenous perspectives for museums. The contributors challenge and complicate the traditionally close colonialist connections between museums and nation-states and urge more activist and... More Info

The Pawnee mission letters, 1834-1851

Univ of Nebraska Pr | July 1, 2010 | 676 pages
Reverend John Dunbar and Samuel Allis set out in 1834 to establish a mission to Indians beyond the Rocky Mountains. Unable to obtain a guide and with only a vague knowledge of the West, they instead encountered the Pawnee Indians in Nebraska. It was the beginning of a twelve-year odyssey to convert... More Info

Grave injustice

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2002 | 250 pages
Grave Injustice is the powerful story of the ongoing struggle of Native Americans to repatriate the objects and remains of their ancestors that were appropriated, collected, manipulated, sold, and displayed by Europeans and Americans. Anthropologist Kathleen S. Fine-Dare focuses on the history and... More Info

Seeking recognition

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2009 | 319 pages
In 1855 the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw tribes of Oregon signed the Empire Treaty with the United States, which would have provided them rights as federally acknowledged tribes with formal relationships with the U.S. government. The treaty, however, was never ratified by Congress; in fact, the... More Info

A dictionary of Skiri Pawnee

University of Nebraska Press | December 1, 2008 | 548 pages
A Dictionary of Skiri Pawnee is the first dictionary ever published of a Caddoan language. Formerly an independent tribe living along the North Fork of the Loup River in central Nebraska, the Skiris united with South Band Pawnee groups in the late eighteenth century, and in 1874–76 they were... More Info

Seminole voices

Univ of Nebraska Pr | June 1, 2010 | 234 pages
In a series of interviews conducted from 1969 to 1971 and again from 1998 to 1999, more than two hundred members of the Florida Seminole community described their lives for the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Some of those interviews, now showcased in this volume,... More Info

Yuchi Indian Histories Before the Removal Era

U of Nebraska Press | November 1, 2012 | 246 pages
In Yuchi Indian Histories Before the Removal Era, folklorist and anthropologist Jason Baird Jackson and nine scholars of Yuchi (Euchee) Indian culture and history offer a revisionist and in-depth portrait of Yuchi community and society. This first interdisciplinary history of the Yuchi people... More Info

Born in the Blood

Univ of Nebraska Pr | June 1, 2011 | 488 pages
Praise for Brain Swann's Algonquian Spirit Contemporary Transltions of the Algonquian Literatures of North America  More Info

Bad fruits of the civilized tree

Univ of Nebraska Pr | April 1, 2008 | 260 pages
Bad Fruits of the Civilized Tree examines the role of alcohol among the Cherokees through more than two hundred years, from contact with white traders until Oklahoma reached statehood in 1907. While acknowledging the addictive and socially destructive effects of alcohol, Izumi Ishii also examines... More Info

Anthropology goes to the fair

Univ of Nebraska Pr | September 1, 2007 | 536 pages
World’s fairs and industrial expositions constituted a phenomenally successful popular culture movement during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition to the newest technological innovations, each exposition showcased commercial and cultural exhibits, entertainment concessions,... More Info

All That Remains

Univ of Nebraska Pr | April 1, 2009 | 229 pages
In this dynamic collection of essays, Arnold Krupat, one of the leading critics of American Indian writing, storytelling, and film, offers insightful and provocative analyses of representations by and about Native peoples, past and present. He considers the relations between tricksters in... More Info

The Ponca Tribe, Second Edition

Bison Books | June 1, 2010 | 240 pages
The culture of the Ponca Indians is less well known than their misfortunes. A model of research and clarity, The Ponca Tribe is still the most complete account of these Indians who inhabited the upper central plains. Peaceably inclined and never numerous, they built earth-lodge villages, cultivated... More Info

Smoke Signals

U of Nebraska Press | December 1, 2012 | 280 pages
"An introduction to and analysis of "Smoke Signals," the most popular Native American film of all time"--  More Info