Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

“Collecting a National Tragedy,” The Public Historian 20 (Fall 1998): 43–57.
“Collections Planning: Pinning Down a Strategy,” Museum News 81 (March/April 2002): 42–45,66–67.
“September 11 and the Mourning After: Reflections on Collecting and Interpreting the History of Tragedy," with Sarah M. Henry. The Public Historian 24 (Summer 2002): 37–52.
Facts About Museums: An Assessment of Data on the Museum Community (Washington, D.C.: Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1998).
The AAM Guide to Collections Planning with Elizabeth Merritt. (Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums, 2004).
A Historical Guide to the United States, editor and contributor. (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1986).
American Holiday Postcards, 1905-1915: Imagery and Context. McFarland Press, 2013.

Examines deep divides at the height of the Progressive Era as expressed through holidays and holiday imagery.

“Were Christmas Cards America’s First Social Media?” Zócalo Public Square “What it Means to be American” series, December 2014.
“Star-Spangled Turkeys: Patriotism in Thanksgiving Postcards.” The Ephemera Journal. Vol. 17, No. 1, September 2014.
“Rural Americans, Postcards, and the Fiscal Transformation of the Post Office Department, 1909-1911.” The Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposia: Selected papers, 2010-2011. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012.
“Star-Spangled Turkeys: Patriotism in the Visual Culture of Thanksgiving, 1863-1913.” Mid-Atlantic Almanack. Vol. 16, 2007.
First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image, co-authored with Edith P. Mayo, Scala Publishers Ltd., 2004
"Youth Employment and Education: Possible Federal Approaches," with Josh Green, Budget Issue Paper, Congressional Budget Office, July 1980.
"Young People with High School Problems: Dropouts and Low Achievers," Staff Draft Analysis, Congressional Budget Office, March 1980.
"The Federal Effort for High Schools." Staff Draft Analysis, Congressional Budget Office, January 1980.
"Federal Compensation of Federal Lands: The Estimated Cost of Tax Equivalency," Staff Draft Analysis, Congressional Budget Office, September 1979.
"The Texture of Memory: Historical Process and Contemporary Art." In S. Cahan and Zoya Kocur. Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. New York: Routledge and the New Museum for Contemporary Art, 1996.

An essay on contemporary Native visual art as commentary on history.

The British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America, with Melanie Fernandez. London, Bloomington, IN, Toronto, Canada: British Museum Press, 1999.

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.

"Poor Lo and Dusky Ramona: Scenes From a Nineteenth Century Album on Indian America," in Jane Becker, ed. Folk Roots, New Roots: The Formation of American Folk Culture. Boston, MA: Museum of Our National Heritage: Lexington, MA, 1989.

An examination of the visual and material manifestations.

"Snail Darters, Indians and Social Impact Assessment: Resisting the Politics of Doom." Anthropology Resource Center Newsletter. 4, no. 1 (March): 1, 1980.
“Culture and Gender in Indian America." In Patricia Hill Collins and Margaret Anderson, eds. Race, Culture and Gender: An Anthology. Belmont, Ca., Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1994.

Article on Native women’s persistent and changing roles in Native cultures.

"The Tribe Called Wannabee: Playing Indian in Europe and America." Folklore (England) 99 (1988): 30–35; reprinted in in W. Fleming and J, Watts, eds. Visions of A People: Introduction to Native American Studies, and in Bruchac, ed. Contemporary Cherokee Prose Writing, 1995.

A much-cited and reprinted essay which details the culturally-expressive manifestations of “playing Indian” in American popular culture.

"Wasting Away Again in Margaritaville: The Cult of Nachismo and the New American Cuisine." The Digest: A Newsletter for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food 6, no.1 (Fall): 1, 25–28, 1986.

A critique of contemporary adaptations of traditional foodways in modern “fusion” food.

"Repatriating Images: Indians and Photography." Rendezvous 28. Nos. 1 and 2 (Spring/Fall, 1993). (Appeared, July, 1994): 151–158.

An article that explores the movement among contemporary Native photographers to comment on and redeem Native identities from the misrepresentations in photography of the past.

"Folk Is A Four-Letter Word: Dealing With Traditional **** in Fieldwork, Analysis and Presentation" in Richard M. Dorson, ed. The Handbook of American Folklore. Bloomington, In.: Indiana University Press, 1981.

An article which attempts to set some guidelines for scholarly fieldwork, analysis and presentation of bawdy or obscene materials.

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