Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Mound Levelers

Recently, Jacki Rand, my colleauge in the History Department at the University of Iowa, endured sub-zero temperatures at the Wisconsin capitol to protest legislation that would have opened the state’s many indigenous effigy mounds to destruction by gravel mining operations. As … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Ancient One Fights Back

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal made by a group of University of California scientists who wished to test human remains unearthed near La Jolla in the 1970s. Having been rebuffed by the lower … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Books of War

For too long, pictorial narratives like the one Little Fingernail ( see “Bullet in a Bible”) took into battle have been labeled “ledger art”—with an emphasis on art—thereby obscuring their fundamental role as books in the evolving life of Native men during … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bullet in a Bible

To most people (people who’ve bothered to think of it at all), working in an archive seems like a pretty bloodless affair. And they’re right, for the most part. In general, archivists have what professional recording musicians call a “studio … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Would Jim Thorpe Do?

It’s playoff time in the NFL—coaches are being sent packing left and right, really poor teams make the cut (9 and 7 gets you in the playoffs?), and movies about football related concussions are feeling the Oscar™ buzz. What does … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment