Books published by Univ of Nebraska Pr

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 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

The 1904 anthropology days and Olympic games

Univ of Nebraska Pr | December 1, 2008 | 471 pages
One of the more problematic sport spectacles in American history took place at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, which included the third modern Olympic Games. Associated with the Games was a curious event known as Anthropology Days organized by William J. McGee and James Sullivan, at that time... More Info


Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2008 | 385 pages
The concept and idea of survivance has revolutionized our understanding of the lives, creative impulses, literary practices, and histories of the Native peoples of North America. Engendered and articulated by the Anishinaabe critic and writer Gerald Vizenor, survivance throws into relief the... More Info

Coyote Anthropology

Univ of Nebraska Pr | July 1, 2010 | 199 pages
Coyote Anthropology shatters anthropology’s vaunted theories of practice and offers a radical and comprehensive alternative for the new century. Building on his seminal contributions to symbolic analysis, Roy Wagner repositions anthropology at the heart of the creation of meaning—in terms of... More Info

The Lakota ghost dance of 1890

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2008 | 437 pages
Nevada's highly individualistic political culture has produced a conservative political philosophy in an open society. Economic developments resulting from mining and gambling reinforced and heightened the individualistic ethic that many early settlers brought to the frontier state. This ethic is... 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

Natalie Curtis Burlin

Univ of Nebraska Pr | May 1, 2010 | 402 pages
Natalie Curtis Burlin (1876–1921) was born to a wealthy New York City family and initially trained for a career as a classical concert pianist. But in 1903, she left her family and training behind to study, collect, and popularize the music of American Indians in the Southwest and African... 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

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

Deerskins and duffels

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2008 | 306 pages
Deerskins and Duffels documents the trading relationship in the eighteenth century between the Creek Indians and the Anglo-American peoples who settled in what is now the southeastern United States. The Creeks were the largest Indian nation in the Southeast, and through their trade alliance with... More Info

No Word for Welcome

Univ of Nebraska Pr | June 1, 2011 | 319 pages
Wendy Call visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec—the lush sliver of land connecting the Yucatan Peninsula to the rest of Mexico—for the first time in 1997. She found herself in the midst of a storied land, a place Mexicans call their country's “little waist,” a place long known for its strong... 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

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

Contributions to Ojibwe studies

Univ of Nebraska Pr | August 1, 2010 | 634 pages
From 1930 to 1940, A. Irving Hallowell, a professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, made repeated summer fieldwork visits to Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, and to the Ojibwe community of Berens River on its east side. He traveled up that river several times to other Ojibwe communities... 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editing Eden : a reconsideration of identity, politics, and place in Amazonia

Univ of Nebraska Pr | April 1, 2010 | 273 pages
Recent scholarship on the Amazon has challenged depictions of the region that emphasize its natural exuberance or represent its residents as historically isolated peoples stoically resisting challenges from powerful global forces. The contributors to this volume follow this lead by situating the... More Info

Strangers to relatives

Univ of Nebraska Pr | January 1, 2001 | 270 pages
Strangers to Relatives is an intimate and illuminating look at a typical but misunderstood part of anthropological fieldwork in North America: the adoption and naming of anthropologists by Native families and communities. Adoption and naming have long been a common way for Native peoples in Canada... More Info

The Hernando de Soto expedition

Univ of Nebraska Pr | January 1, 2006 | 494 pages
From 1539 to 1542 Hernando de Soto and several hundred armed men cut a path of destruction and disease across the Southeast from Florida to the Mississippi River. The eighteen contributors to this volume—anthropologists, ethnohistorians, and literary critics—investigate broad cultural and... More Info

Choctaw Genesis, 1500-1700

Univ of Nebraska Pr | February 1, 1998 | 411 pages
"A remarkable synthesis of history, anthropology, and cartography".-Choice. "A significant addition to a rich and growing bibliography of southeastern Indians in general and the Choctaws in particular . . . [Galloway shows] the finest instincts of a careful researcher . . . and she offer[s] a... More Info

Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830

Univ of Nebraska Pr | November 1, 2005 | 164 pages
This evocative story of the Choctaws is told through the lives of two remarkable leaders, Taboca and Franchimastabé, during a period of revolutionary change, 1750-1830. Both men achieved recognition as warriors in the eighteenth century but then followed very different paths of leadership. Taboca... More Info

The Indian Man

Univ of Nebraska Pr | June 1, 2002 | 248 pages
The Indian Man examines the life of James Mooney (1861–1921), the son of poor Irish immigrants who became a champion of Native peoples and one of the most influential anthropology fieldworkers of all time. As a staff member of the Smithsonian Institution for over three decades, Mooney conducted... More Info

Native women's history in eastern North America before 1900

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2007 | 467 pages
How can we learn more about Native women’s lives in North America in earlier centuries? This question is answered by this landmark anthology, an essential guide to the significance, experiences, and histories of Native women. Sixteen classic essays—plus new commentary—many by the original... More Info

Native American studies

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2005 | 160 pages
This guide to Native American history and culture outlines new ways of understanding American Indian cultures in contemporary contexts. Native American Studies covers key issues such as the intimate relationship of culture to land; the nature of cultural exchange and conflict in the period after... More Info

Captive Arizona, 1851-1900

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2009 | 255 pages
Captivity was endemic in Arizona from the end of the Mexican-American War through its statehood in 1912. The practice crossed cultures: Native Americans, Mexican Americans, Mexicans, and whites kidnapped and held one another captive. Victoria Smith's narrative history of the practice of taking... More Info

Border crossings

Univ of Nebraska Pr | May 1, 2009 | 369 pages
This is a collection of essays on the evolving focus and perspective of anthropologists and anthropology of North and South America. It looks at how modern scholars are rethinking both how and why they study culture as they gain a new appreciation for the impact they have on the people they study.  More Info

The Meskwaki and anthropologists

Univ of Nebraska Pr | October 1, 2008 | 416 pages
The Meskwaki and Anthropologists illuminates how the University of Chicago’s innovative Action Anthropology program of ethnographic fieldwork affected the Meskwaki Indians of Iowa. From 1948 to 1958, the Meskwaki community near Tama, Iowa, became effectively a testing ground for a new method of... More Info