In this Issue
Native South challenges scholars of southern history to expand their conception of the field to include more than the black and white post-colonial south that colors much of the historical literature of the region. The journal focuses on the investigation of Southeastern Indian history with the goals of encouraging further study and exposing the influences of Indian people on the wider South. It does not limit itself to the study of the geographic area that was once encompassed by the Confederacy, but expands its view to the areas occupied by the pre-contact- and the post-contact descendants of the original inhabitants of the South, wherever they may be.
published byUniversity of Nebraska Press
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Robbie Ethridge is professor of anthropology at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540– 1715 (2010) and Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World (2003). She also served as coeditor, along with Charles Hudson, of the volume The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540–1760 (2002); with Thomas J. Pluckhahn, of the volume Light on the Path: The Anthropology and History of the Southeastern Indians (2006); and with Sheri M. Shuck-Hall, of Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The European Invasion and Regional Instability in the American South (2009). Her current project is a history of the rise and fall of the precontact Mississippian world.
Greg O’Brien is associate professor of history and director of graduate studies in the history department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to numerous articles and review essays on Southern Indian history, he is the author of Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750– 1830 (2002), winner of the 2003 McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society, coeditor of George Washington’s South (2004), and editor of Pre-removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths (2008). His article “The Conqueror Meets the Unconquered: Negotiating Cultural Boundaries on the Post- Revolutionary Southern Frontier” (2001) won the 2002 Fletcher M. Green and Charles W. Ramsdell Award for the best article published in the Journal of Southern History during the two preceding years. His current project in southern Indian history is a study of the Seven Years’ War in the South (1750s– 1760s) focusing on Native diplomatic initiatives and Indian- European relations.
Melanie Benson Taylor is associate professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, and works at the intersections of Native and US Southern literature and culture. She is the author of Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912–2002 (2008) and Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause (2012), as well as essays on William Faulkner, Louis Owens, Barry Hannah, Dawn Karima Pettigrew, and others. Her current book projects include Indian Killers, an exploration of violence in contemporary American literature by and about Native peoples; and Faulkner’s Doom, a study of Faulkner Indian characters as refractions of economic anxiety in the modern South.
Colin G. Calloway is professor of history and Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. His books include “White People, Indians, and Highlanders”: Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and North America (2008); The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America (2006), which won the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars of the State of New York; One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark (2003), which won six “best book” awards; First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History (1999, 2004, 2008); New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America (1997); The American Revolution in Indian Country (1995), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; The Western Abenakis of Vermont, 1600–1800 (1990); and Crown and Calumet: British-Indian Relations, 1783–1815 (1987). He has also edited several collections of essays and documents and received awards from the Missisquoi Nation of Abenakis and the Native American Students at Dartmouth. He also received the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
>Patricia Galloway has worked as a medieval archaeologist in Europe and as a documentary editor, archaeological editor, historian, museum exhibit developer, and manager of information systems at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. She has also created an electronic records program for the state of Mississippi and presently teaches courses on digital archives and museum studies as associate professor in the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin. Her publications include Choctaw Genesis, 1500–1700 (1995), The Hernando de Soto Expedition (1997), and Practicing Ethnohistory (2006). She also has contributed several entries to the Southeastern volume of the Handbook of North American Indians (2004). She is currently researching parallel issues in NAGPRA and the Native American Protocols and their implications for archivists and archival repositories.
LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana– Champaign. She is a scholar who also writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative nonfiction, and plays that deal with American Indian experiences. Her fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Callaloo, Story, Yalobusha Review, and Cimarron Review, and has been translated into French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Danish. Her fi rst novel, Shell Shaker (2001), received an American Book Award in 2002 from the Before Columbus Foundation. Equinoxes Rouge, the French translation, was the 2004 finalist for Prix Medici Estranger, one of France’s top literary awards. Evidence of Red (2005) won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry in 2006. Her most recent novel, Miko Kings: An American Indian Baseball Story (2007), is the story of the roots of baseball in America. In 2006– 2007 she was the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi at Oxford.
Charles Hudson is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Georgia. He has undertaken a long- term inquiry into the social history of the Native peoples of the Southern United States, and his book The Southeastern Indians (1976) has defined the field. Aft er having spent several years reconstructing the explorations of Hernando de Soto, Tristan de Luna, and Juan Pardo, he examined how these sixteenth- century Native polities disintegrated and how the survivors reorganized themselves into the peoples and polities who are thought of as the Indians of the Old South. His fictional works are Conversations with the High Priest of Coosa (2003), The Packhorseman (2009), and The Cow-Hunter (forthcoming).
Jason Baird Jackson is associate professor of folklore in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington. Trained in cultural anthropology and folkloristics, he has collaborated with Native American communities in eastern Oklahoma since 1993. He was the associate editor of the Southeastern volume of the Handbook of North American Indians (2004), and he serves as the editor of Museum Anthropology Review. He is the author of Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning, and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community (2003) and has curated several museum exhibitions related to Native arts and cultures. Before joining the Indiana University faculty, he served as assistant curator of ethnology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and, prior to that appointment, as curator of anthropology at the Gilcrease Museum. Information on his work can be found online at www.jasonbairdjackson.com.
Malinda Maynor Lowery is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She was born in Robeson County, North Carolina, and is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Her book, Lumbee Indians and the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation, was published in 2010. She also has published articles about American Indian migration and identity, school desegregation, and religious music. She has also produced three documentary films about Native American issues, including the award-winning In the Light of Reverence, which aired on PBS in 2001 to more than three million people. Her two previous films, Real Indian and Sounds of Faith, both concern Lumbee identity and culture. She serves on the board of directors of the Carolina Arts Network, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Robeson County that produces the outdoor drama Strike at the Wind!
Jack B. Martin is professor of English at the College of William and Mary. His research focuses on the Native languages and folklore of the American South, especially Creek (Muskogee), Mikasuki (Miccosukee), Koasati (Coushatta), and Alabama. His fieldwork takes him to rural communities in eastern Oklahoma, southern Florida, and western Louisiana where he works with local schools and offers teacher training. He coauthored A Dictionary of Creek/Muskogee (2000) and coedited and translated a volume of Creek stories by Earnest Gouge called Totkv Mocvse/New Fire: Creek Folktales (2004); his book A Grammar of Creek (Muskogee) was published in 2011. He is presently coediting and translating the Creek texts of Mary R. Haas and James H. Hill.
Timothy R. Pauketat is an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, having previously taught at the University of Oklahoma and the State University of New York at Buff alo. His studies are in pre- Columbian eastern North America with a particular focus on the relationships among religion, materiality, cultural identity, and political formation among the Woodland and Mississippian peoples of the Midwest, Midsouth, and eastern Plains. He has been a prominent advocate of agent- centered, phenomenological, and historical approaches in archaeology, authored or edited eleven books and numerous journal articles and book chapters, and directed several large- scale excavations of settlements, outposts, and ritual deposits associated with the great center of Cahokia in southwestern Illinois. His ongoing projects include field investigations into ancient culture contacts and “peacemaking” in Wisconsin; a theoretical study of cosmology, historical process, and religious practice; and the preparation of a new synthesis of North American archaeology.
Daniel H. Usner Jr. is Holland M. McTyeire Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy: The Lower Mississippi Valley before 1783 (1992), which won the Jamestown Prize from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the John H. Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association. His other books are American Indians in the Lower Mississippi Valley: Social and Economic Histories (1998) and Indian Work, Working Indians: Language and Livelihood in Native American History (2009). His research focuses on a comparative understanding of empires, colonies, Indian nations, and borderlands in early American history and a deeper knowledge about the complex relationship between culture and economy in race relations. He also explores the survival of Indian communities in the Deep South.