Publications

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

"Kill the Indian and Save The Man: Indian Education in the United States." Introduction to To Lead and To Serve: Indian Education at Hampton Institute, 1978–1923. an exhibition catalog. Charlottesville: Virginia Foundation on Humanities and Public Policy, 1989.

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.

"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.

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.

"A Modest Proposal: The Museum of the Plains White Person," in Senator Robert Torricelli, Andrew Carroll, and Andrew Dubill, eds. In Our Own Words: Greatest Speeches of The American Century. Kodansha America, Inc., 1999.

A satirical reversal of the usual representation of Native Americans in museums.

"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.

"The Only Good Indian: Images of the American Indian in American Vernacular Culture," PhD Dissertation, Indiana University, 1973.

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.

"Down Home In the City: A Store-Bought Remembrance." Wine, Food and the Arts, II: Works Gathered By the American Institute of Wine and Food. San Francisco: AIWF and Swan’s Island Books, 1997.

An essay on food and memory.

"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.

"Research in the Nation's Junkpile: Folklore Research in the Smithsonian Institution." Folklore Forum 5, no. 1(January, 1972).

An article, based on dissertation research at the Smithsonian, commenting on the usefulness of collections there to folklorists and researchers in American material culture.

"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.

"The Image of the Indian in American Popular Culture" in Wilcomb Washburn, ed. The Handbook of North American Indians IV. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press: 587–606, 1989.
"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.

"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.

"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.
"Virgins, Booze, and American Elections," New York Times, April 8, 2016.
"Riling Up the 'Shrewd, Wild Boys" New York Times, August 9, 2012.
"A Birthday Like None Other: Turning Twenty-One in the Age of Popular Politics" Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present, Ed. Corinne Field (New York: New York University Press, 2015), 86-102.
"The Stephen Colbert of the Civil War" New York Times, June 11, 2012.
“Sorrowfully Amusing: The Popular Comedy of the Civil War,” Journal of the Civil War Era, (September, 2011), 313-338.
"Laugh During Wartime" New York Times, January 9, 2012.
"When Anger Trumped Progress" New York Times, January 16, 2016
"D.I.Y Education Before YouTube" New York Times, July 11, 2015
The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
"Was Abolitionism a Failure?" New York Times, January 30, 2015.

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