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2004 Lecture: Rayna Green
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Rayna Green, curator of the American Indian Program for the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, will present the Seeger lecture at the 49th annual SEM meeting. Dr. Green, a noted folklorist, writer, and filmmaker, is probably most familiar to SEM members as the producer of the groundbreaking Smithsonian Folkways recorded collections, "Heartbeat: Voices of First Nations Women” (1995), and "Heartbeat II” (1998). But she has also published widely on aspects of American folklore, material culture, foodways, Native American material cultures, performing identity, and Native American representations and identity, greatly contributing to our understanding of the history and creative achievements of Native North Americans. She received her B.A. (1963) and M.A. (1966) in American Literature from Southern Methodist University, and during this period was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia (1964-66). In 1973, she earned her Ph.D. in American Studies and Folklore from Indiana University, becoming the first American Indian in the nation to receive a Ph.D. in that field. Rayna Green is a prolific author, whose books include The British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America (1999), Women in American Indian Society (1992), and Native American Women: A Contextual Bibliography (1984). Having published over sixty articles in scholarly and popular journals and books, she has also produced recordings of Native American music, and produced, directed, and written script for a number of prize winning documentary films, such as "Corn Is Who We Are: The Story of Pueblo Food,” "From Ritual to Retail: Pueblos, Tourism and the Fred Harvey Company,” and "More than Bows and Arrows: American Indian Contributions of American Life.” Recent publications include: "Afterword” to Te Ata, Chickasaw Story-teller, American Treasure, (RG and John Troutman, University of Oklahoma Press, 2002); "By the Waters of the Minnehaha: Dance and Music, Princesses and Pageants” in Tsianina Lomawaima, Brenda Child and Margaret Archuleta, eds. Remembering Our Indian School Days. (Phoenix: Heard Museum, 2000).
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