Recent and Forthcoming Books by members:

Reinventing First Contact: Expeditions, Anthropology, and Popular Culture

Alison Brown, Joshua A. Bell, and Robert J. Gordon (eds)


Book of 13 essays covering expeditions in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Further information to follow…

Tribal Fantasies: Native Americans in the European Imaginary, 1900-2010

James Mackay & David Stirrup (eds)


“A provocative and at times slightly scandalous collection, Tribal Fantasies considers the ubiquitous, fantastical, and usually nineteenth-century Great Plains Indian and occasional Incan of the European cultural imaginary. The contributors, who work within a trans-European context and use a trans-North Atlantic critical method, find thisIndian in far-right political rhetoric, leftist German intellectualism, gay culture, toy sets, erotica, the mid-twentieth-century Polish “Indian novel,” and Irish storytelling. Framed by David Stirrup’s thorough, engaging introduction and Renae Watchman’s incisive and equally engaging afterword, the chapters assess the messy collision of indigenous North American and European contexts and produce a host of exciting interpretations and urgent questions.” – James H. Cox, author of Muting White Noise and The Red Land to the South

Warriors of the Plains: The Arts of Plains Indian Warfare

Max Carocci


“Warriors of the Plains” explores the art of North American Plains Indian warriors – weapons, amulets, clothing and ceremonial objects – with particular emphasis on their ritual use and symbolic meanings. Unlike most books on Plains Indians, which have a purely historical focus, this title examines continuity and change between historic warrior societies and contemporary Native American military associations. Originally set up as clubs to organise war raids and to police seasonal cycles of nomadic hunting, warrior societies today maintain much of the Plains Indians’ ethos, vigorously reinforcing their cultural, national and ethnic identity. With a new approach to the subject the author reveals how specific items and symbols – objects of ‘ritual and honour’ – such as the American flag, eagle feathers and medicine bundles have been used over the last 200 years, as well as exploring the introduction of new elements in modern ceremonial practices such as powwow dance competitions and war veterans’ celebrations. Lavishly illustrated with objects from the British Museum’s important collections, as well as archival material, this book features previously unpublished material. Max Carocci has been conducting research on Plains Indians since 1989. Since 2006 he has been researching and collecting in this area for the British Museum and is the curator of the touring exhibition ‘Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual’.”

Turquoise in Mexico and North America: Science, Conservation, Culture and Collections

J.C.H. King, Max Carocci, Caroline Cartwright, Colin McEwan, Rebecca Stacey (eds)


turqTurquoise, as a gemstone or as a decorative part of an object, has a fascinating history of discovery and use in Mexico and North America. This blue-green opaque mineral has been highly prized in antiquity and even now, its compelling colour tones and attractive textures are much sought after for quality jewellery. Like the mineral itself, this volume Turquoise in Mexico and North America: Science, Conservation, Culture and Collections is distinguished by its variety, with something of interest for every reader.

New insights emerge from the latest scientific probings into the characterisation, sources, mining and distribution of turquoise. Also in this volume, studies of precious turquoise on prehispanic mosaics help to restore cultural meaning to this exquisitely crafted category of material. The significance and status of turquoise in the Aztec world is reflected in contributions that encompass poetry, thought and symbolism. Both continuity and innovation are reflected in descriptions of the turquoise jewellery arts of the American Southwest, providing fascinating comparisons with archaeological and early historical material. Different authors examine the ethos and practice of collecting, both for museums and the individual, and, in so doing, look to the past as well as to the present. This lavishly illustrated volume provides a unique perspective on the mastery of turquoise with a diverse exchange of ideas between the academic and the popular.

Imperial EntanglementsIroquois Change and Persistence on the Frontiers of Empire

Gail D. MacLeitch


Imperial Entanglements chronicles the history of the Haudenosaunee Iroquois in the eighteenth century, a dramatic period during which they became further entangled in a burgeoning market economy, participated in imperial warfare, and encountered a waxing British Empire. Rescuing the Seven Years’ War era from the shadows of the American Revolution and moving away from the political focus that dominates Iroquois studies, historian Gail D. MacLeitch offers a fresh examination of Iroquois experience in economic and cultural terms. As land sellers, fur hunters, paid laborers, consumers, and commercial farmers, the Iroquois helped to create a new economic culture that connected the New York hinterland to a transatlantic world of commerce. By doing so they exposed themselves to both opportunities and risks.

As their economic practices changed, so too did Iroquois ways of making sense of gender and ethnic differences. MacLeitch examines the formation of new cultural identities as men and women negotiated challenges to long-established gendered practices and confronted and cocreated a new racialized discourses of difference. On the frontiers of empire, Indians, as much as European settlers, colonial officials, and imperial soldiers, directed the course of events. However, as MacLeitch also demonstrates, imperial entanglements with a rising British power intent on securing native land, labor, and resources ultimately worked to diminish Iroquois economic and political sovereignty.

Native American Adoption, Captivity, and Slavery in Changing Circumstances

Ed. Max Carocci & Stephanie Pratt


This book radically rethinks the theoretical parameters through which we interpret both current and past ideas of captivity, adoption and slavery among Native American societies in an interdisciplinary perspective. The book covers a period of over 800 years of North American history from Native American archaeological cultures to the nineteenth century. Individual case studies reframe concepts related to adoption, captivity and slavery through art, literature, archaeology, and anthropology to highlight the importance of the interaction between perceptions, representations and lived experience associated with the facts of slavery.

Louise Erdrich

David Stirrup


“Louise Erdrich is one of the most critically and commercially successful Native American writers. This book is the first fully comprehensive treatment of Erdrich’s writing, analysing the textual complexities and diverse contexts of her work to date. Drawing on the critical archive relating to Erdrich’s work and Native American literature, Stirrup explores the full depth and range of her authorship.”

The Salt Companion to Diane Glancy

James Mackay

SALT (2010)

Diane Glancy is one of the outstanding Native American authors of modern times. Working in multiple genres – poetry, novel, theatre and nonfiction – she has created a vast, ceaselessly provocative oeuvre (more than 35 volumes) and an instantly recognizable voice. Her subject matter is astonishingly diverse, encompassing everything from the Cherokee Trail of Tears to the New Testament character of Dorcas, from the lives of small-town Midwestern women to the joys of classic automobiles, from grade school maskmaking to the recuperation of personal heritage in the archives.

The essays in this groundbreaking volume represent the first attempt to systematically survey this challenging writer. Ten outstanding scholars approach her work, mapping out controversies and providing readers of Glancy with various contexts and comparisons through which to understand her ideas. These chapters take a variety of ideological and methodological positions (feminist, Christian, postcolonial, literary-nationalist and more), the better to draw out the complexities of a writer whose work never lets the reader come to easy conclusions.

Removing Peoples: Forced Migration in the Modern World

Richard Bessel and Claudia Haaka eds.


9780199561957_140One of the terrible and tragic themes of modern history is the forced removal of millions of human beings. The causes, course, and consequences of the removal of peoples from their homes form a central theme in the history of the modern world. While removing people from their homes by force did not begin suddenly in the nineteenth century, the combination of the development of a global (capitalist) economy, of modern race-thinking, of world wars, of the triumph of popular and national sovereignty, and of new technological means of physically uprooting and transporting peoples has given this phenomenon a quantitatively and qualitatively new character.
Removal has been a global phenomenon, and therefore this volume treats it within the frame of world history and international comparison. Examples discussed range from the United States in the 1830s to the expulsion of pied noir settlers from Algeria in the 1960s. A number of factors reshaped the older practices of forced migration and helped to make the removals discussed in this volume distinctly ‘modern’. These include the use of modern apparatuses of administration, communication, and coercion, as well as warfare based on modern technology and organization.

The Appropriation of Native American Spirituality

Suzanne Owen


Native Americans and Canadians are largely romanticised or sidelined figures in modern society. Their spirituality has been appropriated on a relatively large scale by Europeans and non-Native Americans, with little concern for the diversity of Native American opinions. Suzanne Owen offers an insight into appropriation that will bring a new understanding and perspective to these debates.

This important volume collects together these key debates from the last 25 years and sets them in context, analyses Native American objections to appropriations of their spirituality and examines ‘New Age’ practices based on Native American spirituality.

The Appropriation of Native American Spirituality includes the findings of fieldwork among the Mi’Kmaq of Newfoundland on the sharing of ceremonies between Native Americans and First Nations, which highlights an aspect of the debate that has been under-researched in both anthropology and religious studies: that Native American discourses about the breaking of ‘protocols’, rules on the participation and performance of ceremonies, is at the heart of objections to the appropriation of Native American spirituality.

Contemporary Native American Literature.

Rebecca Tillett


This introduction to contemporary Native American literature is suitable for students with little or no knowledge of the subject, or of Native American culture or history. It examines influential texts in the context of the historical moment of their production, with reference to significant literary developments. Most importantly, Native literature is assessed within the wider socio-political context of American colonialism, the history of Federal-Indian relations and policies, popular perceptions of ‘Indians’, and contemporary Native economic, social, and political realities.”

White Man’s Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation

Jacqueline Fear-Segal


In White Man’s Club, schools for Native children are examined within the broad framework of race relations in the United States for the first time. Jacqueline Fear-Segal analyzes multiple schools and their differing agendas and engages with the conflicting white discourses of race that underlay their pedagogies. She argues that federal schools established to Americanize Native children did not achieve their purpose; instead they progressively racialized American Indians. A far-reaching and bold account of the larger issues at stake, White Man’s Clubchallenges previous studies for overemphasizing the reformers’ overtly optimistic assessment of the Indians’ capacity for assimilation and contends that a covertly racial agenda characterized this educational venture from the start. Asking the reader to consider the legacy of nineteenth-century acculturation policies, White Man’s Club incorporates the life stories and voices of Native students and traces the schools’ powerful impact into the twenty-first century.

Pacific Islands Writing: The Postcolonial Literatures of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Oceania

Michelle Keown


The first book of its kind, Pacific Islands Writing offers a broad-ranging introduction to the postcolonial literatures of the Pacific region. Drawing upon metaphors of oceanic voyaging, Michelle Keown takes the reader on a discursive journey through a variety of literary and cultural contexts in the Pacific, exploring the Indigenous literatures of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, and also investigating a range of European or Western writing about the Pacific, from the adventure fictions of Herman Melville, R. L. Stevenson, and Jack London to the Päkehä (European) settler literatures of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The book explores the relevance of ‘international’ postcolonial theoretical paradigms to a reading of Pacific literatures, but it also offers a region-specific analysis of key authors and texts, drawing upon indigenous Pacific literary theories, and sketching in some of the key socio-historical trajectories that have inflected Pacific writing. Well-established Indigenous Pacific authors such as Albert Wendt, Witi Ihimaera, Alan Duff, and Patricia Grace are considered alongside emerging writers such as Sia Figiel, Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, and Dan Taulapapa McMullin. The book focuses primarily upon Pacific literature in English – the language used by the majority of Pacific writers – but also breaks new ground in examining the growing corpus of francophone and hispanophone writing in French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Easter Island/Rapa Nui.

The State, Removal and Indigenous Peoples in the United States and Mexico, c. 1620-2000

Claudia Haaka


9780415958608This book investigates the forced migration of the Delawares in the United States and the Yaquis in Mexico, focusing primarily on the impact removal from tribal lands had on the (ethnic) identity of these two indigenous societies. It analyzes Native responses to colonial and state policies to determine the practical options that each group had in dealing with the states in which they lived. Haake convincingly argues that both nation-states aimed at the destruction of the Native American societies within their borders. This exemplary comparative, transnational study clearly demonstrates that the legacy of these attitudes and policies are readily apparent in both countries today. This book should appeal to a wide variety of academic disciplines in which diversity and minority political representation assume significance.

Hostiles?: The Lakota Ghost Dance and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

Sam Maddra


Hostiles? Lakota Ghost Dancers and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, considers both the Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890 and Buf­falo Bill’s Wild West exhibition in the years 1890-92, exploring the nature, significance, and consequences of their interaction at this particularly crucial time in Native American history.  This research utilised an overlooked but unique source – the Short Bull narratives – to cast an entirely new light on the Lakota Ghost Dance religion, and the impact of Wild West travel and participation on the history and culture of the Lakota.  I privileged Lakota participants’ voices and agency over the interpretations of white policy makers and Indian reformers.  My research questioned the dominant interpretation that the Lakota perverted Wovoka’s doctrine of peace, and argued instead that the Ghost Dance leaders advocated peace and accommodation.  It demonstrated how the Ghost Dance crisis in South Dakota was fundamental to the continued success of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, as it enabled them to overturn the ban placed on the further employment of Indian performers.  After the military suppression of the religion, 23 Ghost Dancers who were removed to Fort Sheridan, Illinois, were later released into the custody of William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) to travel to Europe and perform in his Wild West exhibition.  The monograph then goes on to detail the tour of Britain, examining how Cody presented the former Fort Sheridan prisoners, British perceptions of the Ghost Dancers, and the Lakota experiences of the 1891-92 tour.

Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture 1756-1830

Tim Fulford


Romantic Indians considers the views that Britons, colonists, and North American Indians took of each other during a period in which these people were in a closer and more fateful relationship than ever before or since. It is, therefore, also a book about exploration, empire, and the forms of representation that exploration and empire gave rise to-in particular the form we have come to call Romanticism, in which ‘Indians’ appear everywhere. It is not too much to say that Romanticism would not have taken the form it did without the complex and ambiguous image of Indians that so intrigued both the writers and their readers. Most of the poets of the Romantic canon wrote about them-not least Southey, Wordsworth, and Coleridge; so did many whom we have only recently brought back to attention-including Bowles, Hemans, and Barbauld. Yet Indians’ formative role in the aesthetics and politics of Romanticism has rarely been considered. Tim Fulford aims to bring that formative role to our attention, to show that the images of native peoples that Romantic writers received from colonial administrators, politicians, explorers, and soldiers helped shape not only these writers’ idealizations of ‘savages’ and tribal life, but also their depictions of nature, religion, and rural society. The romanticization of Indians soon affected the way that real native peoples were treated and described by generations of travellers who had already, before reaching the Canadian forest or the mid-western plains, encountered the literary Indians produced back in Britain. Moreover, in some cases Native Americans, writing in English, turned the romanticization of Indians to their own ends. This book highlights their achievement in doing so-featuring fascinating discussions of several little-known but brilliant Native American writers.


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