Books

Invisible Reality

Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet is a nuanced look at the history of the Blackfeet and their relationship with the natural world.  Rosalyn LaPier demonstrates how Blackfeet history is incomplete without an understanding of the Blackfeet people’s relationship and mode of interaction with the “invisible reality” of the supernatural world.

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City Indian

Winner of the Robert G. Athearn Book Award from the Western History Association.

City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934, co-authored with David Beck, tells the engaging story of American Indian men and women who migrated to Chicago from across America. From the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition to the 1934 Century of Progress Fair, American Indians in Chicago voiced their opinions about political, social, educational, and racial issues.

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Why You Can't Teach U.S. History without American Indians

Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians, edited by Susan Sleeper Smith, et.al., is a resource for all who teach and study history written by leading scholars in the field of Native American history. This book illuminates the unmistakable centrality of American Indian history to the full sweep of American history.

Rosalyn LaPier and David Beck's chapter "American Indians Moving to Cities" discusses the history of urban Indians in U.S. cities.  

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New Book Project

Plants That Purify

Plants that Purify: The Natural and Supernatural History of Smudging is a book-length project that explores the concept of purity in historic Blackfeet (Amskapi Piikuni) society. The Blackfeet believed human purity was required before interacting with the supernatural world and that women and the use of certain plants played different roles helping humans achieve that purity. (Expected 2019/2020).

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