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Life among the Indians: First Fieldwork among the Sioux and Omahas (Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians)

Life among the Indians: First Fieldwork among the Sioux and Omahas (Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians)

By: Alice C. Fletcher (author), Raymond J. DeMallie (editor), Joanna Cohan Scherer (editor)Hardback

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Alice C. Fletcher (1838-1923), one of the few women who became anthropologists in the United States during the nineteenth century, was a pioneer in the practice of participant-observation ethnography. She focused her studies over many years among the Native tribes in Nebraska and South Dakota.Life among the Indians, Fletcher's popularized autobiographical memoir written in 1886-87 about her first fieldwork among the Sioux and the Omahas during 1881-82, remained unpublished in Fletcher's archives at the Smithsonian Institution for more than one hundred years. In it Fletcher depicts the humor and hardships of her field experiences as a middle-aged woman undertaking anthropological fieldwork alone, while showing genuine respect and compassion for Native ways and beliefs that was far ahead of her time. What emerges is a complex and fascinating picture of a woman questioning the cultural and gender expectations of nineteenth-century America while insightfully portraying rapidly changing reservation life. Fletcher's account of her early fieldwork is available here for the first time, accompanied by an essay by the editors that sheds light on Fletcher's place in the development of anthropology and the role of women in the discipline.

About Author

Joanna C. Scherer is an emeritus anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. She is the author of the award-winning book, A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians: Benedicte Wrensted. Raymond J. DeMallie is Chancellors' Professor of Anthropology, codirector of the American Indian Studies Research Institute, and curator of North American Ethnology at the Mathers Museum at Indiana University. He is the editor of The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt, available in a Bison Books edition.


List of IllustrationsIntroduction"Life among the Indians" by Alice C. FletcherForeword by Francis La FlescheProloguePart I. Camping with the Sioux1. Over the Border2. Reporting3. The Welcome4. The Chief's Entertainment5. The White Man's Shadow6. An Outline Chapter7. The Indian Woman8. The Woman's Society9. Acting out a Vision10. Journeying with the Indians11. Natives and Visitors12. A Religious Festival13. The Ghost Lodge14. Beef versus MenPart II. The Omahas at Home15. Among the Omahas16. The Young Mother17. An Indian's Story18. Child Life19. Hunting20. Winter and War21. Friends and Lovers22. The Make-Believe White Men23. The Schoolboys24. Our Land25. Starting Afresh26. The Sacred PipesAppendix: Fletcher's 1881 Field SketchesList of AbbreviationsNotesSources Documenting Fletcher's Fieldwork among the Omahas and SiouxBibliographyIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9780803241152
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780803241152
  • ISBN10: 0803241151

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