In his talk, Dr. DeLoria will address themes from his two main books: Playing Indian (Yale University, 1998), and Indians in Unexpected Places (2004, University Press of Kansas). His 1998 text, Playing Indian, addresses the historical phenomenon of "playing Indian", whereby non-Native people in the United States construct national and personal identities through the performance of Indian dress and ritual. Playing Indian won the 1999 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Program for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. Deloria's second book, Indians in Unexpected Places (2004), explores stereotypes of Native American people which confine them to the past and analyzes the seeming disunity between Indian people and modernity. Indians in Unexpected Places received the John C. Ewers Prize for Ethnohistorical Writing in 2006 from the Western History Association.
Dr. Philip DeLoria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. DeLoria is also with the Department of American Culture, the Program in the Environment, and the Native American Studies Program. Dr. DeLoria’s extensive scholarship in American Indian Studies, Indian policy, public images of Native Americans, environmental justice, and law make him one of the foremost intellectuals in the Humanities today. He is co-author with Alexander Olson of the newly released American Studies (2017, UC Press).
Reception to follow the talk
This event is free and open to UF and the public.
This event is organized by the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (Department of Religion, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), the Hyatt and Cici Brown Endowment in Florida Archaeology, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Project, and the Departments of History and Religion.
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