As a long-term project, I am making my articles available. As I find copies of published articles and as I transfer old formats from conference papers (Jaz disk, anyone?), I will add these.
The latest—actually, the first—is “Elder Nigeajasha and Other Mormon Indians.”
This excerpt from my doctoral dissertation (Telling Stories about Mormons and Indians) was given as a paper at the John Whitmer Historical Association meetings in Independence, Missouri, fall 2000. I remember it well because I brought my 5-month old son and my mother with me. My (now 6′ tall) baby was 5 days old when we walked through my graduation together.
My fellow historians of the Community of Christ (then still RLDS) were welcoming and generous. I received an award for my dissertation, defended earlier that year. Paul M. Edwards, a historian of the restoration movement, had been one of my readers. After hostility from a well-known LDS historian who had also been a reader, I was surprised others received the dissertation positively. Paul said my work gave him “hope for Mormon history.” So, of course I took my baby to Missouri to say thank you.
The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal published the paper several years later.
Within the past few months, a colleague told me she could not find this article either on JSTOR or online. It’s there, in several places, but perhaps some algorithm has hidden it all. So, this article rose to top priority. Now, “Elder Nigeajasha” is easier to find—along with its 73 footnotes.