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

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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, Fletchers popularized autobiographical memoir written in 1886-87 about her first fieldwork among the Sioux and the Omahas during 1881-82, remained unpublished in Fletchers archives at the Smithsonian Institution for more than one hundred years.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.

Fletchers account of her early fieldwork is available here for the first time, accompanied by an essay by the editors that sheds light on Fletchers place in the development of anthropology and the role of women in the discipline.

About the Author

Joanna C. Scherer is an emeritus anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institutions 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 Elks Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt, available in a Bison Books edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803241152
Author:
Fletcher, Alice C.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Demallie, Raymond J.
Author:
Scherer, Joanna C.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Biography-Social Scientists and Psychologists
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies in the Anthropology of North Ame
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 photographs, 37 drawings, 3 musical e
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Biography » General
Biography » Social Scientists and Psychologists
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General

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