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Rising from the Ashes

Survival, Sovereignty, and Native America

William Willard

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 06/2020
Pages: 378
Subject: Social Science
eBook ISBN: 9781496221056


Rising from the Ashes explores continuing Native American political, social, and cultural survival and resilience with a focus on the life of Numiipuu (Nez Perce) anthropologist Archie M. Phinney. He lived through tumultuous times as the Bureau of Indian Affairs implemented the Indian Reorganization Act, and he built a successful career as an indigenous nationalist, promoting strong, independent American Indian nations.Rising from the Ashes analyzes concepts of indigenous nationalism and notions of American Indian citizenship before and after tribes found themselves within the boundaries of the United States. Collaborators provide significant contributions to studies of Numiipuu memory, land, loss, and language; Numiipuu, Palus, and Cayuse survival, peoplehood, and spirituality during nineteenth-century U.S. expansion and federal incarceration; Phinney and his dedication to education, indigenous rights, responsibilities, and sovereign Native Nations; American Indian citizenship before U.S. domination and now; the Jicarilla Apaches' self-actuated corporate model; and Native nation-building among the Numiipuu and other Pacific Northwestern tribal nations. Anchoring the collection is a twenty-first-century analysis of American Indian decolonization, sovereignty, and tribal responsibilities and responses.  


William Willard (1926–2016) was a professor of cultural anthropology at Washington State University. He was a founding coeditor for Wíčazo Ša Review. Alan G. Marshall is a professor emeritus of anthropology at Lewis-Clark State College and a cultural resource consultant for the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho. J. Diane Pearson is a lecturer in Native American studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Nez Perces in the Indian Territory: Nimiipuu Survival.  


"This book will come to be recognized as a staggering achievement of scholarly cooperation. The text will be appreciated by academics for sure, but it is a book that anyone with an interest in Nez Perce history and culture must read. . . . Rising from the Ashes is a penetrating and insightful snapshot of Phinney."—Steven R. Evans, author of Voice of the Old Wolf: Lucullus Virgil McWhorter and the Nez Perce Indians

"An intriguing and nuanced collection. . . . This is a critical volume for anyone interested in contemporary Native American scholarship and represents the culmination of decades of research by the editors and contributors."—Trevor James Bond, associate dean for digital initiatives and special collections, Washington State University Libraries

"Well written, well organized, and full of real information, these essays illuminate survival and sovereignty issues dealt with by American First Nations, exemplified by Jicarilla Apache, Osage, and particularly Numiipuu (Nez Perce), whose leader Archie Phinney was a Boas student. A rich read!—Alice B. Kehoe, professor emeritus of anthropology at Marquette University