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ANTH 2: Intro to Cultural Anthropology | ANTH 146: Ethnographic Analysis| ANTH 176: Museums, Culture & Society | ANTH 177: Museum Methods | ANTH 205: Ethnology | ANTH 276: Museum Anthropology


Current book project: White women (literati and social workers, in particular) as agents of land dispossession in late 19th/early 20th C. northern California

Marie Mason Potts (Mountain Maidu), California Indian Newspaper Editor & Activist | Federated Indians of California


Marie Mason Potts: The Lettered Life of a California Indian Activist, University of Oklahoma Press, Fall 2020.

Articles & Chapters (selected)

American Indian Lives and Voices: the Promise and Problematics of Life Narratives. Reviews in Anthropology, 38(2): 132-165 (April 2009).

Marie Potts and the Smoke Signal of the Federated Indians of California. In Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, J. Danky and W. Wiegand (eds.), pp. 77-125. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press (2006).

Salvaging the Anthropologist-Other at California's Tribal College. American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 26 (2): 308-319 (Spring 2002). 

Discourses of Islands and Natives in Late 20th-Century Galveston: Symbolic Circumscriptions of Penetrated Space (pdf). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Vol. 8 (1):137-147 (Winter 2001).

Beyond the Trocadero: Mickey's Wild West Show and More. Public Culture 5(3):607-613 (Spring 1993).

Negotiating Autonomy: African Women and the Manipulation of Christian Ideology. In Embodied Love: Sensuality and Relationship as Feminist Values. P. Cooey, S. Farmer, and M.E. Ross, eds. Pp. 171-189, San Francisco: Harper & Row (1987).

Conference Papers (selected)

"It made me so ashamed to hear white ladies talk that way": Apprehending Settler Colonial Society--Children's Conversion Stories from an Off-Reservation Boarding School, American Anthropological Association (Vancouver, 2020).

Indigenous Words and Worlds: Themes of Cultural Loss and Longing in the Writing of Marie Potts, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne (Bordeaux, France) July 2017.

Across the Sierra to Philadelphia and Beyond: the Unlikely Contours of a Mountain Maidu Life, American Society for Ethnohistory (Nashville) November 2016.

California Indian Writer, Editor and Activist: The Lettered Life of Marie Mason Potts, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Triennial Conference (Philadelphia) November 2015.

Exhibits (selected)

The Lettered Life of a Mountain Maidu Woman: An Archival Portrait of Marie Mason Potts, Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) March 21- May 9, 2015.

Mapping Heritage, Shooting our Imaginations: Early Works by Frank L. Day (with Valerie Garcia), University Union Gallery, CSUS, September 30 - October 24, 2013.

Object Lessons: The Basket Collections of Joel Sheldon Cotton and Anthony G. Zallio (with Holly Lamb), University Library Gallery Annex, CSUS, September 2011.

American Indian Histories: Art, Object, Text, Anthropology Museum, CSUS, Spring, 2009.

Art in the Life of the Native American, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, Texas, 1986-1992.

Last updated: 01/23/2021