Examines the “Indian” photographs by Gertrude Kasebier, in NMAH collections, and compares her work to the clichés of 19th century Native photography.
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A much-cited essay on bawdy oral traditions among Southern women, with special reference to particular traditions in my own family.
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 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.
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.
A collection of heretofore-unpublished tales of the noted Ozark collector and folklorist, Vance Randolph, which I edited and brought to publication.
A landmark sound recording in 2 volumes, of the music of contemporary American Indian women.
An article on bringing Vance Randolph’s “bawdy” Ozark folktales to print.
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 on a particular genre of oral tradition, the anecdote, and its appearance in oral tradition relative to images and representations of Indians.
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.
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.
An essay on food and memory.
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 the uses of traditional and contemporary visual art and material culture as a form of resistance among Pueblos.
An analysis of U.S. policies relative to Native American cultures (language, education, art production and preservation, music) for a federally commisioned report.