Daniel Usner Jr.

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar


Crafting a Traditional Community in Progressive America

Daniel Usner Jr.Daniel Usner Jr.2010 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Daniel Usner Jr.
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Daniel Usner devoted his residency to conducting research for a proposed book on the revival of basket making in the early 20th century among the Chitimacha Indians of south Louisiana. The fellowship provided him with the opportunity to examine important archival materials housed at SAR. These included both the Kenneth Chapman and the Amelia Elizabeth White papers. These materials, as well as information provided by the Indian Arts Research Center, also provided him with insight into Southwestern patrons, whose promotion of Indian art paralleled that of his Southeastern subjects. This in turn enabled him to situate his topic more broadly. In addition, his project also benefited from discussions with Native artists, including Duane Slick, the School’s Dubin Artist fellow. Last but not least, discussions with the other scholars “enriched the theoretical progress of my project [and also] provided me with invaluable feedback.” He concluded: “My seven weeks as a summer fellow at SAR proved to be one of the most fruitful research experiences in my 30-year career.”

Affiliation at time of award:
Department of History, Vanderbilt University

Sponsored by Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation

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