Heidi Altman is a linguistic anthropologist interested in the connections between language, culture, and the ways in which people organize their knowledge about the world. She earned a PhD in linguistic anthropology with a designated emphasis in Native American studies at UC–Davis. At present she is working on a volume that documents and describes the intersections of Cherokee language, health, and worldview. In working with coauthor Tom Belt she has become knowledgeable about Cherokee medicine from a language-based perspective. Contextualizing that knowledge within existing knowledge of Native American studies has allowed her to develop both particular and general perspectives on issues related to Native American health. These include the larger issues related to federal Indian policy as well as locally relevant issues about culture and health-care delivery.
Thomas N. Belt is an Elder-in-Residence and coordinator of the Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University. He attended the Universities of Oklahoma and Colorado and has taught the Cherokee language at the Cherokee elementary school in Cherokee, North Carolina, for seven years. Belt has also served as a consultant to various indigenous language programs in public schools and on the postsecondary level. He has been a resident of North Carolina for the past thirteen years and currently works as a counselor's aide in a local treatment center for Native youths with chemical dependencies.
Stanley Knick is a member of the American Indian Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and has been director of the Native American Resource Center since 1986. He received his PhD in anthropology from Indiana University and teaches courses in archaeology, Native American health, and contemporary Native American issues. His research interests include the archaeology of southeastern North Carolina, art and culture of Native [End Page 99] Americans, and global traditional cultures. In 1996 Knick was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Lumbee nation.
Patrick Livingood received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2006 and is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. His current research interests focus on Mississippian regional interactions, particularly in the region of the Gulf Coastal Plain between the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Black Warrior River. His research explores interactions between large and small polities and the effects of travel time on political organization. He has coedited Plaquemine Archaeology with Mark Rees. His current research involves the uses of digital technology in ceramic analysis and Caddoan archaeology in eastern Oklahoma.
Maureen Meyers is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation research focuses on chiefdoms at the edge of the Mississippian world in southwestern Virginia and, more broadly, the formation of hierarchy in late prehistoric societies and their archaeological manifestations. Meyers received her master's degree from the University of Georgia in 1995 and has worked under contract for the National Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program. She has also worked as a principal investigator for cultural resource management firms in Richmond, Virginia, and has taught at Appalachian State University, Flagler College, the University of Georgia, and the University of Kentucky. She is currently analyzing remains from two seasons of fieldwork at the Carter Robinson site.
Christopher Arris Oakley is an assistant professor at East Carolina University specializing in Southern Native American history. Oakley received his PhD in history from the University of Tennessee, where he studied under John R. Finger. In 2005 University of Nebraska Press published Oakley's first book, Keeping the Circle: American Indian Identity in Eastern North Carolina, 1885–2004, as part of its Indians of the Southeast series. In Keeping the Circle, Oakley presents an overview of the modern history and identity of the Native peoples in twentieth-century North Carolina, including the Lumbees, the Waccamaw Sioux, the Occaneechis, the Meherrins, the Haliwa-Saponis, and the Coharies.
Claudio Saunt writes and teaches about early U.S. and Native American history at the University of Georgia, where he is a professor of history and the associate director of the Institute of Native American Studies. He has published articles about race, inequality, and the politics of story-telling in the Journal...