Friday, August 27, 2010

In History: Rayna Diane Green

This is the 40th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Rayna Diane Green was born in 1942 and is of the Cherokee tribe of Oklahoma. She is the first American Indian to earn a Ph.D. in the field of folklore and American studies, from Indiana University. She has written numerous books (including a book in 1984 called "That's What She Said: Contemporary Poetry and Fiction by Native American Women," so suck it Michael Scott), articles, papers; given many lectures; and taught at a number of universities. She is currently the Curator and Director of the American Indian Program at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. According to her staff page, her research specialties include "American identity, the politics of culture in contemporary American Indian art and music, American and American Indian material culture, American Indian women, American Indian agriculture and foodways, contemporary American foodways and wine." (How fascinating does that all sound?) At that link, you can also see a list of her present and past projects, and a list of some of her publications. You can also read more about her here.

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