Book Award

Erminie Wheeler-Voeglin Book Award

This prize is awarded for recognition of the best book-length contribution to ethnohistory. The award was established in 1981 to honor Dr. Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin, an early ethnohistorian and founder of the Society.

In order to be considered for the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Book Prize, nominations must have been published in the year 2014.

Deadline for delivery of all submissions to Committee members is JULY 15, 2015

Books are submitted by the publishers or authors directly to the Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize committee.

Brian Hosmer
The University of Tulsa
Chapman Hall, 2nd floor
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104

Nicole St-Onge 
University of Ottawa
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, 9th Floor
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Richard Conway
Montclair State University
Department of History
427 Dickson Hall, 1 Normal Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07043

About Erminie Wheeler-Voeglin

Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin (1903-1988) founded the American Society for Ethnohistory in 1954. After beginning graduate work in anthropology at the University of California, and working in the field for many years, she became the first woman to receive a doctoral degree (1939) in anthropology from Yale. She conducted fieldwork in a wide variety of North American locations, taught at Indiana University, served as editor on various journals, and was published widely in the areas of anthropology, folklore, and ethnohistory. She is best known for her work as director of the Great Lakes-Ohio Valley Research Project at Indiana University from 1956 to 1969.

Previous Winners of the Award

Year Recipient Book Committee
2014 Gary Van Valen Indigenous Agency in the Amazon: The Mojos in Liberal and Rubber-Boom Bolivia, 1842-1932 Nancy Shoemaker, Pauline Turner Strong, Yanna Yannakakis
2013 Leslie A. Robertson with the Kwabu’t Gixsam Clan Standing Up: Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church, and Custom Peter Sigal, Rose Stremlau, Stella Nair
2012 Peter Sigal The Flower and Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture
Steve Hackel, Paige Raibmon and Laura Lewis
2011 Tiya Miles The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story Timothy J Shannon, chair Camilla TownsendNed Blackhawk
2010 Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and Shirleen Smith People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwich’in Elders / Googwandak Nakhwach’ànjòo Van Tat Gwich’in Fred Gleach (chair)Rob Hancock Regna Darnell
2009 Karl Jacoby Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History
James Brooks (Chair),
Paul Eiss,
Kathleen DuVal
2008 Christian W. McMillen Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory. 
Kathleen Bragdon (Chair),
Nancy Shoemaker
2007 Ned Blackhawk Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West Susan Sleeper-Smith (Chair),
Larry Nesper,
Kevin Terraciano
2006 Steven W. Hackell Children of Coyote, Missionaries of Saint Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769-1850 Cynthia Radding (chair),
Brenda Farnell,
Margaret Connel-Szasz
2005 Frank Salomon The Cord Keepers: Khipus and Cultural Life in a Peruvian Village.  Catherine Julien (chair),
Robbie Ethridge,
David Dinwoodie
2004 Laura A. Lewis Hall of Mirrors: Power, Witchcraft, and Caste in Colonial Mexico  Clara Sue Kidwell (chair), David Reed Miller, and Stephen Warren
2003 James F. Brooks Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship and Community in the Southwest Borderlands Regna Darnell (Chair), Martha Kaplan, and John Chuchiak IV
2002 Kevin Terraciano The Mixtecs of Colonial Oaxaca: Nudzahui History, Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries.  Loretta Fowler (Chair), Stuart Schwartz, and Claudio Saunt
2001 Catherine Julien Reading Inca History Gregory Dowd (Chair), Roger Nichols, and Thomas Abercrombie.
2000 Claudio Saunt A New Order of Things: Property, Power and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816 Karen Blu (Chair), Brenda Child, and Karen Spaulding.
1999 Thomas Alan Abercrombie Pathways of Memory and Power: Ethnography and History Among an Andean People. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998. Michael Harkin, chair; Jennifer S.H. Brown, Robert Haskett, and Stephanie Wood.
1998 Cynthia Radding Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwestern Mexico, 1700-1850.Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. Willard Rollings, chair; William O. Autry, and Daniel Richter
1997 Kathleen J. Bragdon Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996. Frederic W. Gleach, chair; Susan Deeds, and Willard Rollings
1996 Patricia Galloway Choctaw Genesis 1500-1700. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. Kevin Gosner, chair; Frederic W. Gleach, and Rayna D. Green
1995 Frank James Tester and Peter Kulchyski Tammarniit (Mistakes): Inuit Relocation in the Eastern Arctic, 1939-1963. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1994. Daniel Boxberger, chair; Jean O’Brien, and Kevin Gosner
1994 Matthew Dennis Cultivating a Landscape of Peace: Iroquois-European Encounters in Seventeenth-Century America. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993. Michael D. Green, chair; Kathleen J. Bragdon, and Robert M. Hill II
1993 James Lockhart The Nahuas After the Conquest: A Social and Cultural History of the Indians of Central Mexico, Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992. Kathleen J. Bragdon, chair; Michael D. Green, and Jennifer S.H. Brown
1992 Morris W. Foster Being Commanche: A Social History of an American Indian Community. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991. Kathleen J. Bragdon, chair; Garrick A. Bailey, and Daniel Usner
1991 Frans J. Schryer Ethnicity and Class Conflict in Rural Mexico. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990. John E. Kicza, chair; James Merrill, and Patricia MacCormack
1990 Susan D. Gillespie Aztec Kings: The Construction of Rulership in Mexica History. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1989. John E. Kicza, chair; Toby Morantz, and Sergei Kan
1989 David Hanlon Upon a Stone Altar: A History of the Island of Pohnpei to 1890. Pacific Islands Monograph, No. 5. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Island Studies and University of Hawaii Press, 1988. Neal Salisbury, chair; Jay Miller, and John E. Kicza
1988 Helen Hornbeck Tanner Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987. Ross Hassig, chair; Frederick E. Hoxie, and Peter A. Thomas
1987 William G. McLoughlin Cherokee Renascence in the New Republic. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986. Peter Iverson, chair; Frederick E. Hoxie, and Kathleen J. Bragdon
1986 James Axtell The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. Elizabeth J. Glenn, chair; Peter Iverson, Juan Villamarin, and Judy Villamarin
1985 Nancy M. Farriss Maya Society Under Colonial Rule: The Collective Enterprise of Survival. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984. Elizabeth J. Glenn, chair; Peter Iverson, and Grant Jones
1984 Richard White The Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment and Social Change Among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983. William T. Hagan, chair; Elizabeth J. Glenn, and Janet B. Esser
1983 Joan Vincent Teso in Transformation: The Political Economy of the Peasant and Class in Eastern Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982. Mary Helms, chair; William T. Hagan, and Raymond J. DeMallie
1982 Loretta Fowler Arapahoe Politics, 1851-1978: Symbols in Crises of Authority. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981. Dean R. Snow, chair; Mary Helms, and William R. Swagerty


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