Great Plains Ethnohistory


Great Plains Ethnohistory

New Interdisciplinary Approaches

Edited by Rani-Henrik Andersson, Logan Sutton, and Thierry Veyrié

Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians Series

352 pages
14 photographs, 2 illustrations, 3 tables, index


December 2024


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December 2024


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About the Book

Great Plains Ethnohistory offers a collection of state-of-the-field work in Great Plains ethnohistory, both contemporary and historical, covering the traditional anthropological subfields of ethnography, cultural history, archaeology, and linguistics. As ethnohistory matured into an interdisciplinary endeavor in the 1950s with the formation of the American Society for Ethnohistory, historians and anthropologists developed scholarly methodology for the study of Native American societies from their own points of view. Within this developing framework, Native cultures of the Great Plains represented a foundational research area.

Great Plains Ethnohistory pays intellectual debts to Raymond J. DeMallie and Douglas R. Parks, whose research from the 1970s onward brought ethnohistorical approaches to the study of Native cultures, histories, and languages into the international community of the humanities and social sciences, sciences, and arts. The work of the scholars assembled in this volume advocates for an ethnohistory that continues to decompartmentalize Indigenous knowledge and scholarly methodologies, including some of the constructs, biases, and prejudices perpetuated within traditional scholarly disciplines.

Including essays by Gilles Havard, Joanna Scherer, Sebastian Braun, Brad KuuNUx TeeRIt Kroupa, and DeMallie and Parks themselves, among others, plus an afterword by Philip J. Deloria, this is an essential contribution to the scholarly field and a volume for undergraduate and graduate students and scholars who study Native American and Indigenous cultures.

Author Bio

Rani-Henrik Andersson is an associate professor of North American studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is the author of Lakȟóta: An Indigenous History and The Lakota Ghost Dance of 1890 (Nebraska, 2008), among other works. Logan Sutton is a language material developer, researcher, and teacher for the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation Culture and Language Department on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota. Thierry Veyrié is the director of the Language Program at the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and editor, with Raymond DeMallie, of Ella Cara Deloria’s The Dakota Way of Life (Nebraska, 2022).


“The authors share interdisciplinary perspectives and methods that were intensely cultivated and applied by the important scholars whose legacies underlie their contributions: Raymond J. DeMallie and Douglas R. Parks. The contributors bring forward diverse studies—some of broad interest, some highly specialized—that build on DeMallie’s and Parks’s insights and priorities, particularly their combining of attention to archival/historical sources and fieldwork with living communities and in-depth studies of Indigenous languages.”—Jennifer S. H. Brown, editor of Ojibwe Stories from the Upper Berens River: A. Irving Hallowell and Adam Bigmouth in Conversation

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Introduction: Ethnohistory in the Twenty-First Century
Rani-Henrik Andersson, Logan Sutton, and Thierry Veyrié
1. A Foot in the Field, a Foot in the Archive, and a Keen Editorial Eye: The Making of an Ethnohistorian
Joanna C. Scherer and Thierry Veyrié
Part 1. Changing Identities in the Indigenous Societies of the Great Plains
2. From Deslauriers to Deloria: French Identity in a Sioux Indian Family
Raymond J. DeMallie
3. Lakota Modernities and the Ends of History: Little Big Man, Crow Dog, and Red Tomahawk in Context
Sebastian F. Braun
4. “Although He Had the Ways of a Woman, He Was a Great Warrior”: Kúsaat in Nineteenth-Century Pawnee and Arikara Society
Mark van de Logt
5. Hungry Narratives Turned on Their Head (or Danced on Their Toes?): Toward Decolonial Listening in Ethnohistorical Practice
Sarah Quick
6. Paradigms and Poetry: John G. Neihardt’s Cycle of the West
Francis Flavin
Part 2. Symbols and Ceremonialism
7. From the Litter to the Horse: The Native American Ritual of “Lifting”
Gilles Havard
8. Remapping Northern Arapaho Space and Place in Plains Ethnohistory
Jeffrey D. Anderson
9. “TiweNAsaakaričI nikuwetiresWAtwaáhAt aniinuuNUxtaahiwaáRA”: An Overview of Arikara Spirituality
Brad KuuNUx TeeRIt Kroupa
10. “Under the Tree That Never Bloomed I Sat and Cried Because It Faded Away”: An Ethnohistory of Black Elk’s Visions
Rani-Henrik Andersson
Part 3. Kinship and Language
11. Comanche Society on the Reservation, 1875–1926, a Patrilineal Hypothesis: The Case of the Ketahto Yamparika
Thomas W. Kavanagh
12. Linguistic Evidence of Contact between Northern Caddoan and Siouan Languages: Arikara-Pawnee Verbal Classifiers
Logan Sutton
13. Wooden Boatmen, Spirits, and Bushy Eyebrows: American Indian Names for the French in North America
Douglas R. Parks
Philip J. Deloria

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