Up-to-date histories and cultures of first peoples (North America) from a native perspective; highly illustrated, with stories, poems, eye-witness, first person accounts from native peoples on events, issues, art, mythologies, gender roles, economics, contact, sovereignty, self-determination, land, environment. Uses artifacts from the collections at the British Museum and Smithsonian.
The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.
A brief literary history of the creative work of American Indian women with sections from 12 representative
An attempt to characterize the central themes and issues of feminist theory produced by folklore scholars.
An essay which suggests the value, to scholars and traditional cultures, of folklorists’ and social scientists’ attentions to the scientific traditions of the cultures they study—particularly in areas such as medicine, botany, pharmaceutics, agriculture.
Comprehensive bibliography on Native North American women, with historical commentary.
An examination of the representations and images—in American music—of Native American women.
A look at the history and contemporary manifestations of basketry from Native Southeastern people.
A proposal for constructing technological change using a culture-based approach.
An examination of an object from the collections of the National Museum of American Art, which suggests the possibilities for culture change and for humor and resistance in cntemporary Native/Hopi material culture.
A satirical reversal of the usual representation of Native Americans in museums.
A much-cited essay on bawdy oral traditions among Southern women, with special reference to particular traditions in my own family.
Examines the “Indian” photographs by Gertrude Kasebier, in NMAH collections, and compares her work to the clichés of 19th century Native photography.
A much-reprinted article used widely in collegiate curricula (Native Studies and Women’s Studies); deals with images and representations—visual, material, philosophical—of Native American women in American culture; the centrality of some of the representations (the Princess and the Squaw) to American popular culture and American identity.
Explores government and missionary attempts to assimilate Indians in boarding schools, and many of the student’s adaptive strategies for cultural preservation and resistance.
On Native foodways from all major cultural regions (Plains, Northwest Coast, Southeast, Northeast, Southwest) and on the death and rebirth of Native agriculture, subsistence, and food production. With recipes.
A collection of heretofore-unpublished tales of the noted Ozark collector and folklorist, Vance Randolph, which I edited and brought to publication.
A film which explores the impact of the Fred Harvey Company and early 20th century tourism on Native art and culture.
An essay which sets out some of the historical and cultural perameters of Native gender roles, cultural change, and political power in Native America.
An article on bringing Vance Randolph’s “bawdy” Ozark folktales to print.
A landmark sound recording in 2 volumes, of the music of contemporary American Indian women.
An article on a particular genre of oral tradition, the anecdote, and its appearance in oral tradition relative to images and representations of Indians.
A film that explores the centrality of corn to Pueblo culture, history and health and the death and rebirth of corn agriculture in Pueblo country.