New in Native Studies This Month

The following books are now available.

Basket Diplomacy: Leadership, Alliance-Building, and Resilience among the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 1884-1984

This history reveals how the Coushatta people made the Bayou Blue settlement their home by embedding themselves into the area’s cultural, economic, and political domains. 

Bates skillfully explores the world of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, concentrating on how leaders successfully rebuilt their nation over a hundred-year period. . . . Basket Diplomacy is Indigenous and Southern history at its best and a must-read for those interested in Native American history.”

—Brooke Bauer, assistant professor of history and Native American studies at the University of South Carolina Lancaster

The Grass Shall Grow: Helen Post Photographs the Native American West

This collection a succinct introduction to the work and world of Helen M. Post, who took thousands of photographs of Native Americans during a brief period of intense activity in the late 1930s and early years of World War II. It features over seventy photographs,

The Grass Shall Grow resurrects the work of photographer Helen Post, an important if little-known photographer, whose work in Indian Country during the late 1930s and early 1940s complements the better known-work by photographers connected to the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Focusing on sites overlooked by the FSA, Post pictured communities from Arizona to Montana. In Gidley’s book she finally gets her due as an independent woman, well informed about Indian policy, who sought to capture a respectful and empathetic image of Native life during the Great Depression.”

—Martha A. Sandweiss, professor of history at Princeton University and author of Print the Legend: Photography and the American West

Walks on the Ground: A Tribal History of the Ponca Nation

This is a record of Ponca elder Louis V. Headman’s personal study of the Southern Ponca people, spanning seven decades. 

This book is a jewel because it presents an insider’s view drawn from the insights of Ponca elders with whom the author talked during many years while simultaneously bringing outside scholarly assessments into the mix. Specialists on the American Indian, whether anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, political scientists, or historians, as well as the general reader, will gain insights from the work.”

—Blue Clark, professor of American Indian Studies at Oklahoma City University

A Grammar of Upper Tanana, Volume 1: Phonology, Lexical Classes, Morphology

This is a comprehensive text that performs the impressive task of providing a linguistically accurate written record of the endangered Upper Tanana language.

A Grammar of Upper Tanana, Volume 1 moves an already high bar for work on Dene languages even higher with its in-depth coverage of the standard topics enhanced by sections on the semantics of various morphemes, interjections, and nonverbal predicates. It is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of this language.”

—Keren Rice, former president of both the Canadian Linguistic Association and the Linguistic Society of America

The Red Road and Other Narratives of the Dakota Sioux

This collection presents the Red Road and the Holy Dance (also called the Medicine Dance), two of the most important traditions of the Dakota people, as told by Samuel I. Mniyo and Robert Goodvoice, two Dakota men from the Wahpeton Dakota Nation near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

A source book for Dakota culture and spirituality, these carefully curated narratives succeed in fulfilling the wishes of Mniyo, Goodvoice, and others that future generations will benefit from Indigenous knowledge of the complex, changing relationship between ceremony, belief, and life.”

—David G. McCrady, author of Living with Strangers: The Nineteenth-Century Sioux and the Canadian-American Borderlands 

A Grammar of Southern Pomo

This is the first comprehensive description of the Southern Pomo language, one of seven Pomoan languages once spoken in the vicinity of Clear Lake and the Russian River drainage of California.

This detailed grammar of recently extinct Southern Pomo is an important contribution to our understanding of the Indigenous languages of North America and a fitting tribute to the language’s speakers and to the community in which it was once spoken.”

—Bernard Comrie, Distinguished Faculty Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

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