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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Raymond J. DeMallie « Committee on NAIS

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Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology and American Studies
Adjunct Professor of Folklore
Co-Director, American Indian Studies Research Institute
Curator of North American Ethnology, Mathers Museum

Office: American Indian Studies Research Institute, 422 N. Indiana Avenue
Phone: (812) 855-4086
E-mail: demallie at


As an anthropologist with a strong interest in history, I study Plains Indian peoples and the development of cultural approaches to understanding the American Indian past. I have worked extensively with the Sioux and Assiniboine in North and South Dakota and Montana, with particular concern for the understanding of kinship and social organization, religion, and oral traditions. I focus in particular on using Native language texts, both historical and contemporary. I am also involved in Native language preservation and teaching on Sioux and Assiniboine reservations  My publications include two volumes of the papers of James R. Walker, Lakota Belief and Ritual (edited with Elaine A. Jahner, University of Nebraska Press, 1980) and Lakota Society (University of Nebraska Press, 1982); The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk’s Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt (1984); Sioux Indian Religion: Tradition and Innovation (edited with Douglas R. Parks, University of Oklahoma Press, 1987); North American Indian Anthropology: Essays in Society and Culture (edited with Alfonso Ortiz, University of Oklahoma Press, 1994); and the Plains volume of the Smithsonian Institution’s Handbook of North American Indians (editor, 2001).  I am currently translating and editing the Lakota texts of George Sword, written around the turn of the twentieth century.

Relevant Courses

  • E319: American Indian Spirituality
  • E320: Indians of North America
  • E400/600 (Variable topics): Intensive Study of a Culture: The Lakota (Sioux) Indians, American Indian Ethnohistory, etc.

Publication Highlights

2008. (Annotator.)  Neihardt, John G. Black Elk Speaks: being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux. Premier Edition. Albany: State University of New York Press.

2006. The Sioux at the Time of European Contact: An Ethnohistorical Problem. In New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, and Representations, ed. Sergei Kan and Polly Strong, 239-60. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

2005. Introduction to the New Edition. R. H. Barnes, Two Crows Denies It: A History of Controversy in Omaha Sociology, v-xv. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

2004. Tutelo. In Handbook of North American Indians, Vol. 14, Southeast, ed. Raymond D. Fogelson, 286-300. Washington: Smithsonian Institution.