Disruptive Voices and the Singularity of Histories


Disruptive Voices and the Singularity of Histories

Edited by Regna Darnell and Frederic W. Gleach
Histories of Anthropology Annual, Volume 13

Histories of Anthropology Annual Series

384 pages
46 figures, 1 table, 1 time line


November 2019


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November 2019


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About the Book

Histories of Anthropology Annual presents diverse perspectives on the discipline’s history within a global context, with a goal of increasing awareness and use of historical approaches in teaching, learning, and conducting anthropology. The series includes critical, comparative, analytical, and narrative studies involving all aspects and subfields of anthropology.

Volume 13, Disruptive Voices and the Singularity of Histories, explores the interplay of identities and scholarship through the history of anthropology, with a special section examining fieldwork predecessors and indigenous communities in Native North America. Individual contributions explore the complexity of women’s history, indigenous history, national traditions, and oral histories to juxtapose what we understand of the past with its present continuities. These contributions include Sharon Lindenburger’s examination of Franz Boas and his navigation with Jewish identity, Kathy M’Closkey’s documentation of Navajo weavers and their struggles with cultural identities and economic resources and demands, and Mindy Morgan’s use of the text of Ruth Underhill’s O’odham study to capture the voices of three generations of women ethnographers.

Because this work bridges anthropology and history, a richer and more varied view of the past emerges through the meticulous narratives of anthropologists and their unique fieldwork, ultimately providing competing points of access to social dynamics. This volume examines events at both macro and micro levels, documenting the impact large-scale historical events have had on particular individuals and challenging the uniqueness of a single interpretation of “the same facts.”


Author Bio

Regna Darnell is Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and First Nations Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She is coeditor of The Franz Boas Papers, Volume 1: Franz Boas as Public Intellectual—Theory, Ethnography, Activism (Nebraska, 2015) and general editor of the multivolume series The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition. Frederic W. Gleach is a senior lecturer of anthropology and the curator of the Anthropology Collections at Cornell University. He is the author of Powhatan’s World and Colonial Virginia: A Conflict of Cultures (Nebraska, 1997).


"[Disruptive Voices and the Singularity of Histories will] be of interest to anthropological folklorists and folklorists interested in the history of the academic study of Native American cultures, as that is the corner of Boas's work featured most prominently here. Those interested in the study of museums and material culture will also find several chapters useful."—Sarah M. Gordon, Journal of Folklore Research Reviews

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations

Editors’ Introduction

Regan Darnell and Frederic W. Gleach

1. Totalitarian Critique: Fabian and the History of Primitive Anthropology

Frederico Delgado Rosa

2. Ich Bin Jüdischer Abstammung (I Am of Jewish Lineage): The Conflicted Jewish Identity of the Anthropologist Franz Boas

Sharon Lindenburger

3. A Document in an Unexpected Place: John P. Harrington and the Stevenson Scrapbook

Nancy J. Parezo

4. Diasporas Of and By Design: Exploring the Unholy Alliance between Museums and the Diffusion of Navajo (Diné) Textile Designs

Kathy M’Closkey

5. Mock Rituals, Sham Battles, and Real Research: Anthropologists and the Ethnographic Study of the Bontoc Igorot in 1900s “Igorrote Villages”

Deana L. Weibel

6. Indigenous Studies in Argentina: Anthropology, History, and Ethnohistory from the 1980s

Claudia Salomon Tarquini

Voicing the Ancestors

7. Fieldwork Predecessors and Indigenous Communities In Native North America

Ira Bashkow

8. No Object Without Its Story: Franz Boas, George Hunt, and the Creation of a Native Material Anthropology

Ira Jacknis

9. Encounters in Ontario: Acts Of Ethnographic Search and Rescue

Margaret M. Bruchac

10. The Boas Plan: A View From the Margins

Saul Schwartz

11. Look Once More at the Old Things: Ruth Underhill’s O’odham Text Collections

Mindy Morgan

12. Rereading Deloria: Against Workshops, for Communities

Sebastian F. Braun

13. “Let’s Do Better This Time”: Vine Deloria Jr.’s Ongoing Engagement with Anthropology

Robert L. A. Hancock


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