The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.
A much-cited essay on bawdy oral traditions among Southern women, with special reference to particular traditions in my own family.
Examines the “Indian” photographs by Gertrude Kasebier, in NMAH collections, and compares her work to the clichés of 19th century Native photography.
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.
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.
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A collection of heretofore-unpublished tales of the noted Ozark collector and folklorist, Vance Randolph, which I edited and brought to publication.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 film which explores the impact of the Fred Harvey Company and early 20th century tourism on Native art and culture.
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 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.