Indiana at the Crossroads of American Anthropology and History: Symposium in Honor of Raymond J. DeMallie

About the Symposium

Collage by Arthur Amiotte

As the Crossroads of America, Indiana is both physically and metaphorically at the center of innovation, industry, and ideas. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Anthropology at Indiana University, a department that from its beginning has been at a crossroads of interdisciplinary research. As with many U.S. universities, early pioneering work focused on the study of Native American cultures, languages, and materials. Departmental founder Carl Voegelin was a gifted linguist who specialized in eight Native languages. Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin taught folklore, ethnohistory, and anthropology. She directed the Great Lakes-Ohio Valley Research Project, assembling thousands of documents associated with American Indian land use and tenure. As part of this interdisciplinary tradition, IU welcomed Raymond J. DeMallie to the faculty in 1973. Twelve years later, he co-founded the American Indian Studies Research Institute (AISRI) with Douglas Parks.

In an academic world of splintered and cubist perspectives, DeMallie’s work shines as a reflective example of holistic scholarship spanning disciplines, discourses, and audiences. His research focuses on social organization, belief systems, and the arts, on spirituality, kinship, and Indian legal claims, on oral traditions, and on material culture.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Social Hour

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bloomington Brewpub at Lennie's, 1795 E. 10th Street

Friday, September 15, 2017

Morning Gathering

8:30 – 10:00 am
American Indian Studies Research Institute, 422 N. Indiana Avenue

Orientation and gathering for out-of-town guests
Opportunity to visit exhibits at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Mathers Museum and, Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Archives

Morning Session: Introductions
Theme 1 – Ethnohistory

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, DeVault Gallery, 416 N. Indiana Avenue

Coffee and Refreshments
10:00 am: James Musser, Associate Dean of Research, Welcome
Jason Jackson, Director, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Welcome

10:15 am: Della Collins Cook, Indiana University, "A Brief History of the Anthropology Department and Ray DeMallie's Place in It"

10:35 am: Anya Peterson Royce, Indiana University, "Changing the Architecture of the Campus: Interdisciplinary Collaborations and the Institute"

10:55 am: Rani-Henrik Andersson, University of Helsinki, Finland, "Under the Tree that Never Bloomed I Stood and Cried: Rewriting the Ghost Dance with Raymond DeMallie"

11:15 am: JoAllyn Archambault, Smithsonian Institution, "Lakota Sun Dance on the Northern Plains" (not attending, paper will be read)

11:35 am: Gilles Havard, Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, "Remarks on Ethnohistory Today and a Case Study: The Native American Ritual of “Lifting” Europeans"


12:00 – 2:00 pm
First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, 712 E. 8th Street

Nicholas Belle, Director, First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, Welcome
Celebrating Students and Mentors

Afternoon Session: Theme 2 – Art and Material Culture

2:00 – 4:00 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, DeVault Gallery, 416 N. Indiana Avenue

2:00 pm: Philip J. Deloria, University of Michigan, "DeMallie, Delorias, Art, and Ethnohistory: Reflections on Mary Sully's Personality Prints"

2:20 pm: Christina Burke, Philbrook Museum of Art, "Perceptions of Plains Art: The Lens of Ethnohistory"

2:40 pm: Emmanuel Désveaux, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, "Articulating Ray DeMallie's and Claude Lévi-Strauss's Works or Coping with the Variation of Scales in Analyzing Cultural Phenomena"

3:00 pm: David Dinwoodie, University of New Mexico, "Exploring “Settler Colonialism”: The Depictions of Chief Charlo and Other Indians in the Edgar Samuel Paxson Murals of Missoula County"

3:20 pm: Stephen (Doug) Youngkin, Independent Scholar, "A River Runs Through It: My Friendship with Raymond J. DeMallie"

3:40 pm: Q & A and Reflections

Museum Curator's Talk and Reception

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, DeVault Gallery, 416 N. Indiana Avenue

A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community
Daniel Swan, Exhibit Curator
Followed by Reception

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Morning Session: Theme 3 – Collaboration, Education, and Language

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Indiana University Memorial Union, Dogwood Room, 900 E. Seventh Street

Coffee and Refreshments available at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 am: Nicholas Belle, Indiana University, Welcome

9:15 am: Indrek Park, Indiana University, Round table presentations about AISRI language initiatives and tribal collaborations

10:00 am: Regna Darnell, University of Western Ontario, "Collaborative Research in the Americanist Tradition: A Work in Progress"

10:20 am: Robert Vézina, Commission de toponymie, Québec, "Being on the Map: Indigenous Languages in the Toponymy of Québec"

10:40 am: Jeffrey Anderson, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, "Creating Resources for Northern Arapaho Language and Culture Education: A Personal History, 1988-2017"

11:00 am: Robert Brave Heart, Sr., Red Cloud Indian School, "The Lakota Language Project at Red Cloud Indian School"

11:20 am: Douglas R. Parks, Indiana University, "Siouan Language Documentation"

11:40 am: Q & A and Reflections


12:00 – 1:30 pm
Explore on your own at the Indiana Memorial Union

Afternoon Session: Theme 4 – Written Legacies and Next Generations

1:30 – 4:30 pm
Indiana University Memorial Union, Dogwood Room, 900 E. Seventh Street

1:30 pm: David C. Posthumus, University of South Dakota, Welcome

1:40 pm: Joanna Cohan Scherer, Smithsonian Institution, "Ray’s Smithsonian Connections: A Visual History" (not attending, recorded presentation with visuals)

2:10 pm: Indrek Park, Indiana University, “With Raymond J. DeMallie”: Foreword, Afterword, and In-Between"

2:30 pm: Carolyn Anderson, St. Olaf College, "DeMallie Anthropology: Theory and Practice"

2:50 pm: David R. Miller, University of Regina, "Driving Around with Ray DeMallie"

3:10 pm: Sebastian Braun, Iowa State University, "A Continuing Legacy: The American Indian Studies Research Institute and the Future of American Indian Studies and North American Anthropology"

3:30 pm: Francis Flavin, U.S. Department of the Interior, "The Value of Multidisciplinary Research Institutes for Innovation and Problem-Solving"

3:50 pm: Q & A and Reflections

Evening Reception

5:00 – 8:00 pm
Indiana University Memorial Union, University Club, President’s Room, 900 E. Seventh Street, Room 150

Laura L. Scheiber, Director, American Indian Studies Research Institute
Anthropology, History, and American Indian Studies at IU, Past and Present: Crossroads Discussion
With David C. Posthumus and Douglas R. Parks, moderators

Our Sponsors

With support from Indiana University’s Department of Anthropology, College Arts and Humanities Institute, the IU Bicentennial Program, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, the First Nations Education and Cultural Center, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the American Indian Studies Research Institute, we are planning a symposium September 15-16th, 2017, to celebrate the influential career of Professor DeMallie, reflect on the history of American Indian studies and American Anthropology at IU, and highlight directions for the future. Invited speakers will celebrate our strengths at the forefront of research, engagement, and scholarship. The symposium will typify the role DeMallie played during his career: as mediator of different voices, interests, and disciplines. The event will feature lectures from over a dozen prominent national and international scholars; reflections from faculty and former students; and informal discussions regarding the state of the field. A synthesis of essays and papers will follow.


Please register here.

Everyone is Welcome. Although admission is free, please register so we can plan accordingly for seating and refreshments.

For More Information

Contact Laura Scheiber ( and Doug Parks (