Native American Studies

Native American Studies

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Interviews with scholars of Native America about their new books.

Stefan Aune, "Indian Wars Everywhere: Colonial Violence and the Shadow Doctrines of Empire" (U California Press, 2023)

April 4, 2024

Indian Wars Everywhere

Stefan Aune

From Black Hawk helicopters to the exclamation "Geronimo" used by paratroopers jumping from airplanes, words and images referring to Indians have been…

John William Nelson, "Muddy Ground: Native Peoples, Chicago's Portage, and the Transformation of a Continent" (UNC Press, 2023)

March 23, 2024

Muddy Ground

John William Nelson
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

The birchbark canoe is among the most remarkable Indigenous technologies in North America, facilitating mobility throughout the watery world of the Gr…

Christina Gish Hill et al., "National Parks, Native Sovereignty: Experiments in Collaboration" (U Oklahoma Press, 2024)

March 20, 2024

National Parks, Native Sovereignty

Christina Gish Hill, Matthew J. Hill, and Brooke Neely
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

The history of Native people and the National Park Service in the United States is fraught. Dispossession, cultural insensitivity, and outright erasur…

Sarah Keyes, "American Burial Ground: A New History of the Overland Trail" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2023)

February 25, 2024

American Burial Ground

Sarah Keyes
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

The Overland Trail into the American West is one of the most culturally recognizable symbols of the American past: white covered wagons traversing the…

Gregory D. Smithers, "Native Southerners: Indigenous History from Origins to Removal" (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)

February 23, 2024

Native Southerners

Gregory D. Smithers
Hosted by Colin Mustful

In his book, Native Southerners: Indigenous History from Origins to Removal (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019), Dr. Gregory D. Smithers effectively …

Emily Legg, "Stories of Our Living Ephemera: Storytelling Methodologies in the Archives of the Cherokee National Seminaries, 1846-1907" (Utah State UP, 2023)

February 20, 2024

Stories of Our Living Ephemera

Emily Legg
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

Stories of Our Living Ephemera: Storytelling Methodologies in the Archives of the Cherokee National Seminaries, 1846-1907 (Utah State University Press…

Matthew C. Ward, "Making the Frontier Man: Violence, White Manhood, and Authority in the Early Western Backcountry" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2023)

February 18, 2024

Making the Frontier Man

Matthew C. Ward
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

For western colonists in the early American backcountry, disputes often ended in bloodshed and death. Making the Frontier Man: Violence, White Manhood…

Ian Saxine, "Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier" (NYU Press, 2019)

February 16, 2024

Properties of Empire

Ian Saxine
Hosted by Ryan Tripp

In Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier (NYU Press, 2019), Ian Saxine, Visiting Assistant Profes…

Deborah Taffa, "Whiskey Tender: A Memoir" (Harper, 2024)

February 15, 2024

Whiskey Tender

Deborah Taffa

Today’s book is: Whiskey Tender: A Memoir (Harper, 2024), by Deborah Jackson Taffa, who was raised to believe that some sacrifices were necessary to a…

Daniel Immerwahr, "How to Hide an Empire: The History of the Greater United States" (FSG, 2019)

February 11, 2024

How to Hide an Empire

Daniel Immerwahr
Hosted by Zeb Larson

“Is America an Empire?” is a popular question for pundits and historians, likely because it sets off such a provocative debate. All too often, however…

Matthew Kruer, "Time of Anarchy: Indigenous Power and the Crisis of Colonialism in Early America" (Harvard UP, 2021)

February 7, 2024

Time of Anarchy

Matthew Kruer
Hosted by John Cable

Matthew Kruer's book Time of Anarchy: Indigenous Power and the Crisis of Colonialism in Early America (Harvard UP, 2021) offers a gripping account of …

Cynthia J. Sylvester, "The Half-White Album" (U New Mexico Press, 2023)

January 30, 2024

The Half-White Album

Cynthia J. Sylvester
Hosted by G. P. Gottlieb

Cynthia Sylvester's The Half-White Album (University of New Mexico Press 2023) is a collection of stories, flash fiction, and poems revolving around t…

Charlotte Coté, "A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye in the Other: Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest Coast" (U Washington Press, 2022)

January 30, 2024

A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye in the Other

Charlotte Coté
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

Food is at the center of everything, writes University of Washington professor of American Indian Studies Charlotte Coté. In A Drum in One Hand, A Soc…

Suzanne Oakdale, "Amazonian Cosmopolitans: Navigating a Shamanic Cosmos, Shifting Indigenous Policies, and Other Modern Projects" (U Nebraska Press, 2022)

January 28, 2024

Amazonian Cosmopolitans

Suzanne Oakdale
Hosted by Yadong Li

In Amazonian Cosmopolitans: Navigating a Shamanic Cosmos, Shifting Indigenous Policies, and Other Modern Projects (U Nebraska Press, 2022), Suzanne Oa…

Leanne Trapedo Sims, "Reckoning with Restorative Justice: Hawai'i Women's Prison Writing" (Duke UP, 2023)

January 19, 2024

Reckoning with Restorative Justice

Leanne Trapedo Sims
Hosted by Rameen Mohammed

In Reckoning with Restorative Justice Hawaii Women's Prison Writing (Duke University Press, 2023), Dr. Leanne Trapedo Sims explores the experiences of…

Scott Gac, "Born in Blood: Violence and the Making of America" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 18, 2024

Born in Blood

Scott Gac
Hosted by Mark Klobas

Scott Gac's Born in Blood: Violence and the Making of America (Cambridge UP, 2023) investigates one of history's most violent undertakings: The United…

Robert Michael Morrissey, "People of the Ecotone: Environment and Indigenous Power at the Center of Early America" (U Washington Press, 2022)

January 10, 2024

People of the Ecotone

Robert Michael Morrissey
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

By putting the Midwest at the center of Vast Early America, University of Illinois historian Robert Morrissey reconfigures the power dynamics in the s…

Jack Glazier, "Anthropology and Radical Humanism: Native and African American Narratives and the Myth of Race" (Michigan State UP, 2020)

January 4, 2024

Anthropology and Radical Humanism

Jack Glazier
Hosted by Alex Golub

Paul Radin was one of the founding generation of American cultural anthropologists: A student of Franz Boas, and famed ethnographer of the Winnebago.…

Marcy Norton, "The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals after 1492" (Harvard UP, 2024)

January 4, 2024

The Tame and the Wild

Marcy Norton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals after 1492 (Harvard University Press, 2024), Dr. Marcy Norton offers a dramatic new interpretation of the…

Max Deardorff, "A Tale of Two Granadas: Custom, Community, and Citizenship in the Spanish Empire, 1568–1668" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 2, 2024

A Tale of Two Granadas

Max Deardorff
Hosted by Ethan Fredrick

In 1570's New Kingdom of Granada (modern Colombia), a new generation of mestizo (half-Spanish, half-indigenous) men sought positions of increasing pow…