Tribal Worlds

Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building

Edited by Brian Hosmer & Larry Nesper

Subjects: Indigenous Studies, American History, Anthropology, Political Science
Series: SUNY series, Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building
Paperback : 9781438446301, 322 pages, January 2014
Hardcover : 9781438446295, 322 pages, May 2013

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Table of contents

Location of Indian Communities Discussed in this Volume
Brian Hosmer and Larry Nesper
Part I. Definitions
1. Tuscarora Political Domains
Anthony F. C. Wallace
2. ‘To Renew Our Fire’: Political Activism, Nationalism, and Identity in Three Rotinonhsionni Communities
Gerald Reid
3. Kinship as an Assertion of Sovereign Native Nationhood
Christina Gish Hill
4. Marked by Fire: Anishinaabe Articulations of Nationhood in Treaty-Making with the United States and Canada
Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
5. Imagining Un-Imagined Communities: The Politics of Indigenous Nationalism
Sebastian F. Braun
Part II. Manifestations
6. Articulating Traditional Future: Makah Sealers and Whalers, 1880–1999
Joshua L. Reid
7. Beyond Folklore: Historical Writing and Treaty Rights Activism in the Bad River WPA
Chantal Norrgard
8. Anishinaabe Gathering Rights and Market Arts: The WPA Indian Handicraft Project in Michigan
Adriana Greci Green
9. We Worked and Made Beautiful Things: Kiowa Women, Material Culture, and Peoplehood, 1900–1939
Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote
Consolidated Bibliography
Contributors Biographies

Explores how indigenous nationhood has emerged and been maintained in the face of aggressive efforts to assimilate Native peoples.


Tribal Worlds considers the emergence and general project of indigenous nationhood in several geographical and historical settings in Native North America. Ethnographers and historians address issues of belonging, peoplehood, sovereignty, conflict, economy, identity, and colonialism among the Northern Cheyenne and Kiowa on the Plains, several groups of the Ojibwe, the Makah of the Northwest, and two groups of Iroquois. Featuring a new essay by the eminent senior scholar Anthony F. C. Wallace on recent ethnographic work he has done in the Tuscarora community, as well as provocative essays by junior scholars, Tribal Worlds explores how indigenous nationhood has emerged and been maintained in the face of aggressive efforts to assimilate Native peoples.

Brian Hosmer holds the H. G. Barnard Chair of Western American History at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of American Indians in the Marketplace: Persistence and Innovation among the Menominees and Metlakatlans, 1870–1920; the editor of Native Americans and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman; and the coeditor (with Colleen O'Neill) of Native Pathways: American Indian Culture and Economic Development in the Twentieth Century. Larry Nesper is Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of The Walleye War: The Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights.


"… [a] timely collection of essays … The study of nationhood, nationalism, and the nation-state in the hands of indigenous scholars challenges established meanings and interpretations. This volume, and the insight of both editors, is evidence of those vigorous endeavors. " — Michigan Historical Review

"The editors provide an excellent introduction to the field of Indigenous nation building as well as a clear overview to this collection of intriguing essays … Highly recommended. " — CHOICE

"With its compelling mix of themes and scholars, this book adds considerable breadth and depth to our understanding of issues related to Native American sovereignty in the United States and Canada. " — Michael E. Harkin, coeditor of Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian