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Political Mavens: Ruth Underhill, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin, Gene Weltfish, Ella Deloria, and the Politics of Culture

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Political Mavens: Ruth Underhill, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin, Gene Weltfish, Ella Deloria, and the Politics of Culture

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dc.contributor.author Link, Alessandra
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T21:28:36Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-02
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20774
dc.description.abstract The locus of this masters thesis, “Political Mavens: Ruth Underhill, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin, Gene Weltfish, Ella Deloria, and the Politics of Culture,” centers on how female anthropologists shaped political discourses in the twentieth century. The anthropologist has long been considered the handmaiden of imperialism, made most apparent in Vine Deloria’s Custer Died for Your Sins (1969). Although partially true, my work seeks to complicate this association by examining how the publications and careers of four female anthropologists demonstrate both their ties to colonialism, and, in the case of Gene Weltfish and Ella Deloria, their scholarly attempts to critique the colonialist state or defend Native American communities. Inspired by the work of Catherine Lavender and Frederick Hoxie, my thesis investigates both the process of editorial translation that occurs during the development of ethnographic publications at a local level, and also the political implications of their ethnographies as productions of knowledge that influenced decisions in Washington, D.C. Their writings are evaluated in tandem with their careers as academicians, activists, and/or agents of the state. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Anthropology, Women, Indian Policy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women anthropologists
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology -- Political aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America -- Government relations -- 20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Underhill, Ruth, 1883-1984
dc.subject.lcsh Wheeler-Voegelin, Erminie, 1903-1988
dc.subject.lcsh Weltfish, Gene, 1902-1980
dc.subject.lcsh Deloria, Ella Cara
dc.title Political Mavens: Ruth Underhill, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin, Gene Weltfish, Ella Deloria, and the Politics of Culture en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree History en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Cahill, Cathleen
dc.description.committee-member Scharff, Virginia
dc.description.committee-member Connell-Szasz, Margaret
emb.embargo.terms 2014-05-14
emb.embargo.lift 2014-05-14


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