Explores government and missionary attempts to assimilate Indians in boarding schools, and many of the student’s adaptive strategies for cultural preservation and resistance.
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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A collection of heretofore-unpublished tales of the noted Ozark collector and folklorist, Vance Randolph, which I edited and brought to publication.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.
An introduction to an exhibition on Indian education at Hampton Institute with a brief history and analysis of US policy and practice in the education of Indians in the 19th and twentieth centuries.
An article, taken from a keynote address at the opening of an exhibition on Indian education at Hampton Institute, which suggests the lessons learned for the present from an examination of a particular moment in the historical past.
A dissertation on images and representations of American Indians in American culture, with an emphasis on visual and material representations and on oral tradition taken from collections at the Smithsonian Institution.
A film which examines the Pueblo struggle to retain their land and their sovereignty in the face of invasion and domination attempts by Europeans and Americans.
A piece which examines a modern American Indian object–a pair of beaded running shoes–and comments on scholarly resistance to changing forms in American Indian expressive culture.
An article, based on dissertation research at the Smithsonian, commenting on the usefulness of collections there to folklorists and researchers in American material culture.
An essay on food and memory.
An analysis of U.S. policies relative to Native American cultures (language, education, art production and preservation, music) for a federally commisioned report.
An essay on the uses of traditional and contemporary visual art and material culture as a form of resistance among Pueblos.
An examination of the visual and material manifestations.
An essay on contemporary Native visual art as commentary on history.
A much-cited and reprinted essay which details the culturally-expressive manifestations of “playing Indian” in American popular culture.
A critique of contemporary adaptations of traditional foodways in modern “fusion” food.