Replanting Cultures

Community-Engaged Scholarship in Indian Country

Edited by Chief Benjamin J. Barnes & Stephen Warren

Subjects: Indigenous Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, American History, Ethnic History
Series: SUNY series, Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building
Hardcover : 9781438489933, 376 pages, September 2022
Paperback : 9781438489940, 376 pages, March 2023

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Table of contents


Introduction: Toward “Hopeful” Research: Community-Engaged Scholarship and New Directions in Native American and Indigenous Studies
Chief Benjamin J. Barnes and Stephen Warren

Part I: Community-Engaged Scholarship with the Three Federally Recognized Shawnee Tribes

1. Fort Ancient/Shawnee Ceramics and the Revival of Shawnee Pottery
Chief Benjamin J. Barnes

2. Community-Driven Research: From Indian Country to Classroom and Back
Sandra L. Garner

3. Earthworks Rising: Emerging Roles within Collaborations for Indigenous Knowledge
Christine Ballengee Morris, Marti L. Chaatsmith, and Glenna J. Wallace

4. New Paradigms of Integration: Historians and the Need for Community Engagement
Stephen Warren

Part II: The Myaamia Center: The History and Practice of Community Engagement

5. neepwaantiinki (Partners in Learning): The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Miami University, and the Myaamia Center
George Ironstrack and Bobbe Burke

6. Community-Engaged Scholarship from the Perspective of an Early Career Academic
Cameron Shriver

7. Community-Engaged Scholarship as a Restorative Action
Daryl Baldwin, G. Susan Mosley-Howard, George Ironstrack, and Haley Shea

Part III: Community Engagement beyond the US Settler Academy: Courts, Libraries, Laboratories, and Living History Museums

8. Historians as Expert Witnesses for Tribal Governments
John P. Bowes

9. Looking Inward from 60 West Walton Street: Reflections on Community-Engaged Scholarship from the Perspective of the Newberry Library
Brian Hosmer

10. The Return of Indian Nations to the Colonial Capital: Civic Engagement and the Production of Native Public History
Buck Woodard

11. Repatriation as a Catalyst for Building Community-Engaged Curriculum
April K. Sievert and Jessie Ryker-Crawford

12. The Collaboration Spectrum: Legendary Stories as Windows into Gendered Change in Sto:lō Understandings of Territoriality
Keith Thor Carlson, Naxaxalhts’i (Albert “Sonny” McHalsie), Colin Murray Osmond, and Tsandlia Van Ry

Afterword: Where Do We Go from Here?
Jacki Thompson Rand


Provides a theoretical and practical guide to community-engaged scholarship with Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.


Replanting Cultures provides a theoretical and practical guide to community-engaged scholarship with Indigenous communities in the United States and Canada. Chapters on the work of collaborative, respectful, and reciprocal research between Indigenous nations and colleges and universities, museums, archives, and research centers are designed to offer models of scholarship that build capacity in Indigenous communities. Replanting Cultures includes case studies of Indigenous nations from the Stó:lō of the Fraser River Valley to the Shawnee and Miami tribes of Oklahoma, Ohio, and Indiana. Native and non-Native authors provide frank assessments of the work that goes into establishing meaningful collaborations that result in the betterment of Native peoples. Despite the challenges, readers interested in better research outcomes for the world's Indigenous peoples will be inspired by these reflections on the practice of community engagement.

Benjamin J. Barnes is Chief of the Shawnee Tribe. Stephen Warren is Professor of History and American Studies and Chair of American Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Shawnees and Their Neighbors, 1795–1870 and The Worlds the Shawnees Made: Migration and Violence in Early America and the editor of The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma: Resilience through Adversity.


"Thoughtful, in-depth, and personal, this book is a must-read for any researcher interested in community-engaged scholarship. We are constantly looking for 'road maps' on how to create and execute these projects in a good way, and this book is a manual of best practices." — Kathryn Magee Labelle, author of Daughters of Aataentsic: Life Stories from Seven Generations