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What You Need To Read, December 2020

I wanted to add something new to this quarterly edition of “What You Need to Read.” Because so much of my time has been spent teaching online, with all the learning required to do that passably well, I have asked for and received a large number of suggestions about various online resources useful in Native American History classrooms.  The Newberry Library in Chicago has digitized 9000 individual editions of American Indian Newspapers and a huge trove of materials through the Edward E. Ayer Digital Collection.  Dawnland Voices: Writings of Indigenous New England, is a site with artifacts, maps, documents and community histories. Another great resource on New England is the Native Northeast Portal. The Bethlehem Digital History Project includes “Moravian Indian Diaries, 1763-1765,” along with  the Digital Paxton Collection, provides insights and source material on a dark period in the history of Pennsylvania and the Indigenous communities in Penn’s Woods. The Kilpatrick Collection of Cherokee Manuscripts focuses on the language, culture, and history of the Oklahoma Cherokee, with the materials in the collection dating from the 1890s to the 1960s.  The Occum Circle contains materials by and about Samson Occom. There is a wealth of material on the Haudenosaunee communities in the Albany Indian Commissioners project.  The Missions Initiative housed by the University of Arizona “guides the development of an international, multidisciplinary partnership for cultural resource management of the hundreds of Spanish Colonial Mission sites in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.  I have mentioned on this blog many times the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center.  Also useful is the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project.  Students can do a pretty good research project with the digitized Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800. Miami University in Ohio hosts the National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages, a searchable site.  The Digital Library of Georgia hosts “Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842,”  and a collection of “Cherokee Indian Relocation Records, 1815-1837.” And the Smithsonian has digitized a large number of treaties at the Indigenous Digital Archive Treaties Explorer.  If I have missed something of which you are particularly fond, let me know and I will be happy to share it.  Thanks to all of you who suggested some of these sites to me.

As for the published scholarship, here is the list for the end of this dreadful year.  As always, if I have missed anything, let me know and I will be happy to update this. The next edition of the quarterly bibliography will appear in March of next year. Until then, I hope that all of you stay safe.

Bahar, Matthew R. Storm of the Sea: Indians and Empires in the Atlantic’s Age of Sail, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Beisaw, April M. “From Alcatraz to Standing Rock: Archaeology and Contemporary Native American Protests (1969-Today),” Historical Archaeology, 54 (Spring 2020), 537-555.

Bernardini, Wesley, et al., eds., Becoming Hopi: A History, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021).

Carpenter, Marc James. “Pioneer Problems, ‘Wanton Murder,’ Indian War Veterans, and Oregon’s Violent History,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, 121 (Summer 2020), 156-185.

Clement, Kerri Keller. “’What Is a Country Without Horses?’ Robert Yellowtail and Horse Herd Restoration on the Crow Reservation, 1934-1944,” Montana, 70 (Autumn 2020), 37-55.

Crown, Patricia L., The House of Cylinder Jars: Room 28 in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2020).

Dana, Carol A., Margo Lukens and Conor M. Quinn, ‘Still They Remember Me’: Penobscot Transformer Tales, Volume 1., (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2021).

Dawley, Marina Michelle. “Indian Boarding School Tattooing Experiences: Resistance, Power, and Control through Personal Narratives,” American Indian Quarterly, 44  (Summer 2020), 279-301.

DeJong, David H. Diverting the Gila: The Pima Indians and the Florence-Casa Grande Project, 1916-1928, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021).

Ellis, Elizabeth, “The Natchez War Revisited: Violence, Multinational Settlements, and Indigenous Diplomacy in the Lower Mississippi Valley,” William and Mary Quarterly, 77 (July 2020) 441-472.

Ethridge, Robbie and Eric E. Bowne, eds., The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology, (Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2020).

Fielder, Brigitte. Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Americans, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2020).

Haefeli, Evan. “Becoming a ‘Nation of Statesmen’: The Mohicans’ Incorporation into the Iroquois League, 1671-1675,” New England Quarterly, 93 (September 2020), 414-461.

Jenkins, Jessica A. and Martin D. Gallivan. “Shell on Earth: Oyster Harvesting, Consumption

Kassabaum, Megan C. A History of Platform Mound Ceremonialism: Finding Meaning in Elevated Ground, (Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2021).

Kosc, Kallie M. “’Caring for Our Affairs Ourselves’: Stockbridge Mohican Women and Indian Education in Early America,” American Indian Quarterly, 44 (Fall 2020), 434-476.

Kowalewski, Stephen A., et. al., “Where is the Southeastern Native American Economy?” Journal of Southeastern Archaeology, 39 (December 2020), 281-308.

Langer, Adina. “Changing Winds: Public Health in Indian Country,” Public Historian, 42 (August 2020), 143-148.

Lewis, Courtney. Sovereign Entrepeneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019).

Lukezic, Craig and John P. McCarthy, eds., The Archaeology of New Netherland: A World Built on Trade, (Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2021).

Mackenthun, Gesa and Christen Mucher, eds., Decolonizing ‘Prehistory’: Deep Tie and Indigenous Knowledges in North America, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021).

Maroukis, Thomas Constantine. We Are Not A Vanishing People: The Society of American Indians, 1911-1923, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021).

Mathes, Valerie Sherer, ed., Gender, Race, and Power in the Indian Reform Movement: Revisiting the History of the WNIA, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2020).

Mathiowetz, Michael and Andrew Turner, eds. Flower Worlds: Religion, Aesthetics, and Ideology in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021).

Norrgard, Chantal. “Indigenous Labor, Settler Colonialism, and the History of the Fraser River Fisherman’s Strike of 1893,” Native American and Indigenous Studies, 7 (Fall 2020), 114-144.

Oberg, Michael Leroy. “Tribes and Towns: What Historians Still Get Wrong about the Roanoke Ventures,” Ethnohistory, 67 (October 2020), 579-602.

Pestana, Carla Gardina. The World of Plymouth Plantation, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020).

Pollack, David, Anne Tobbe Bader and Justin N. Carlson, eds., Falls of the Ohio River: Archaeology of Native American Settlement, (Tallahassee: University Press of Florida, 2021).

Shoemaker, Nancy. “2019 Presidential Address: Sameness and Difference in Ethnohistory,” Ethnohistory, 67 (October 2020), 537-550.

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake.  Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2021).

Stephen, Lynn and Shannon Speed, eds., Indigenous Women and Violence: Feminist Activist Research in Heightened States of Injustice, (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2021).

van Dusen, Nancy E. “Indigenous Slavery from Out on the Edge,” Ethnohistory, 67 (October 2020), 603-620.

Vitale, Frank.  “Counting Casualties: Defining Student Death at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1879-1918,” American Indian Quarterly, 44 (Fall 2020), 383-414.