Native American@Iowa

Historical scholarly records and collections




  • “Tending to the past” by Eloisa Valenzuela-Mendoza

    In the 2014 dissertation “Tending to the past: the historical poetics of Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey” the author Eloisa Valenzuela-Mendoza compares two historical poets to help show the importance of the lived experience in establishing the cultural history of the United States of America. Both Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey engage in individual projects

  • “We are alive,” Chelsea D. Burk

    Chelsea D. Burk's 2014 essay in the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies looks at Leslie Marmon Silko's influence on poet Jo Harjo. In particular she examines the ways in which Harjo's character Noni Daylight extends ideas introduced by Marmon Silko's character Yellow Woman.

  • Native American Visual Autobiography: Figuring Place, Subjectivity, and History by Hertha D. Sweet Wong

    In this article, written by Hertha D. Sweet Wong, modern Native American autobiographical art work is described in context of “place”.   By “place”, I mean a personal and cultural geography or “a place seen from within,” distinguished from “land scape” or “a place viewed from without. I want to illustrate how for many

  • For the Purpose of Example and Justice by Mark Arvid Warburton

    In this historical dissertation, early nineteenth century Native American incarceration in the Upper Mississippi Valley is examined and explored. Detailing Native American prison experiences, Mark Arvid Warburton argues that Native imprisonment at the time was inseparable from the geopolitical maneuvers, which allowed the United States Federal Government to conquer the region.    Whether Native men

  • The War in Words: Reading the Dakota Conflict through the Captivity Literature, Review by Holly Blommer

    This book review, by Holly Blommer, of The War in Words, by Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola, praises its analysis of events and narratives as they pertain to both Native Americans and Non-Native Americans, specifically noting how well it contrasts these views in light of historical events.   This book, focusing on the 1862 Dakota Conflict, creates