Publications

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

"The Tribe Called Wannabee: Playing Indian in Europe and America" (1988); reprinted in W. Fleming and J, Watts, eds. Visions of A People: Introduction to Native American Studies, 1994.

A much-cited and reprinted essay, used in Native studies curricula on the centrality of representations of Native Americans in American popular culture to American identity, particularly the phenomenon of "playing Indian."

Women in American Indian Society, Chelsea House Publishers, New York, 1991.

Used as a textbook in many colleges; an introduction to the histories and cultures of Native women in North America. Illustrated with art, photography and material culture.

"On Looking in the Mirror of An Institution," Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy Newsletter; reprinted in Northeast Indian Quarterly, Summer, 1990; The Graduate Quill, SUNY/Buffalo, April, 1991.

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.

"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.

"Traditional Cultures in a Technology-Based World." Darshana: Sinhalese Journal of Culture. (Spring): 19–23. (in Sinhalese).

A proposal for constructing technological change using a culture-based approach.

Corn Is Who We Are: Pueblo Indian Food. Co-Director (scripting, casting, artistic direction, edit) for film. 20 minute documentary short film. Produced by Alturas Films and Smithsonian Telecommunications. Winner, Silver Apple, National Educational Film Festival, 1994; English Spanish language versions.

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.

"Traits of Indian Character: The 'Indian' Anecdote in American Vernacular Culture." Southern Folklore Quarterly. 39 (September, 1976).

An article on a particular genre of oral tradition, the anecdote, and its appearance in oral tradition relative to images and representations of Indians.

“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.

"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.

"Red Earth People and Southeastern Basketry," in Linda Mowat, ed. Basketmakers: Meaning and Form in Native American Baskets. Oxford, England: Pitt Rivers Museum, 1992.

A look at the history and contemporary manifestations of basketry from Native Southeastern people.

"American Indian Art in Oklahoma" Oklahoma Today Special Issue on American Indian Art, (December, 1990).
"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.

"Culturally-Based Science: The Value to Traditional People, Science and Folklore," in Venetia Newall, ed. Folklore in the Twentieth Century, London: Rowman and Littlefield: 204–212, 1981.

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.

From Ritual to Retail: Pueblos, Tourism and the Fred Harvey Company. Producer/Director. 17 minute documentary short video. Produced in association with the exhibition, Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art, 1995, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ.

A film which explores the impact of the Fred Harvey Company and early 20th century tourism on Native art and culture.

Pissing in the Snow And Other Ozark Folktales, editing and "Introduction," by Vance Randolph. Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1976; ix–xxix; Avon Paper edition, 1977. In print, University of Illinois Press, 1999, in its 15th edition; in print and in its 20th edition, 2003.

A collection of heretofore-unpublished tales of the noted Ozark collector and folklorist, Vance Randolph, which I edited and brought to publication.

"We Never Saw These Things Before': Southwest Indian Laughter and Resistance to the Invasion of the Tse va ho." In M. Weigle and Barbara Babcock. The Great Southwest of the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railway. Phoenix: The Heard Museum, 1996.

An essay on the uses of traditional and contemporary visual art and material culture as a form of resistance among Pueblos.

"An Addendum on American Indian Cultural Policies" to the Report of the American Indian Policy Review Commission. with Arnold T. Anderson et al. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1977.

An analysis of U.S. policies relative to Native American cultures (language, education, art production and preservation, music) for a federally commisioned report.

"Grass Don't Grow On a Racetrack and Other Paradigms for Folklore and Feminism." Introduction to Jane Young et al, eds. Folklife and Feminist Theory, University of Illinois Press, 1993 (appeared, January, 1994).

An attempt to characterize the central themes and issues of feminist theory produced by folklore scholars.

That's What She Said: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry By Native American Women, ed. Bloomington, Indiana, 1984.

A brief literary history of the creative work of American Indian women with sections from 12 representative
contemporary writers.

"Native American Food," in Kirlin, eds. Smithsonian Folklife Cookbook, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.

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.

"The Beaded Adidas," in Charles Camp, ed. Time and Temperature: A Centennial Retrospective. Washington, DC: American Folklore Society, 1989: 66–67; reprinted in The Messenger (Wheelwright Museum Newsletter), 1989; The Runner (Smithsonian American Indian Newsletter); 1990.

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.

"Towards A Code of Ethics in the Conduct of Culturally-Based Scientific Research" in JV Martinez and Diana Marinez, eds. Aspects of Indian and Hispanic Involvement in Biomedical Research: Proceedings of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists, 1981. Bethesda, Md: National Institutes of Health, 1980.

An article that lays the groundwork for the development of a code of ethics in culturally-based scientific research.

"More Than Meets the Eye: Gertrude Kasebier’s ‘Indian’ Photographs," with Helena Wright, guest editor. The History of Photography Journal (Winter 2000).

Examines the “Indian” photographs by Gertrude Kasebier, in NMAH collections, and compares her work to the clichés of 19th century Native photography.

"Magnolias Grown in Dirt," Southern Exposure, 1977; reprinted in J. Zandy. Calling Home: Working-Class Women's Writings. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990.

A much-cited essay on bawdy oral traditions among Southern women, with special reference to particular traditions in my own family.

We Are Here: 500 Years of Pueblo Resistance. Scriptwriter, artistic direction, casting for film. 14 minute documentary short film. Produced by Smithsonian Telecommunications, in association with the exhibition, American Encounters, National Museum of American History. Winner, Cine Golden Eagle, 1992.

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.

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