Basket Diplomacy: Leadership, Alliance-Building, and Resilience Among the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 1884-1984

Denise E. Bates (Author)

Product Details

University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date
February 01, 2020
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.94 inches | 1.51 pounds

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About the Author

Denise E. Bates is a historian and an assistant professor of leadership and interdisciplinary studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of The Other Movement: Indian Rights and Civil Rights in the Deep South and editor of We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South.


"Bates skillfully explores the world of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, concentrating on how leaders successfully rebuilt their nation over a hundred-year period. . . . Basket Diplomacy is Indigenous and Southern history at its best and a must-read for those interested in Native American history."--Brooke Bauer, assistant professor of history and Native American studies at the University of South Carolina Lancaster
-- (02/23/2019)
"Bates masterfully weaves historic documentation with tribal interviews to tell the political, economic, and cultural history of the [Coushatta] Tribe over the past century through tribal voices. The result is a vital book for historians, Indigenous scholars, and tribal communities alike."--Linda Langley, tribal historic preservation officer for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
-- (02/23/2019)
"Basket Diplomacy tells the remarkable story of how the Coushatta tribe transformed from a tiny, impoverished Louisiana Indian community into a nation. It follows the efforts of several generations of Coushattas culminating in the work of the tribe's great leader Ernest Sickey during the 1970s and 1980s. This book is an engaging read that captures critical parts of Louisiana and American Indian history while simultaneously offering valuable leadership lessons."--Adam Crepelle, visiting professor at Southern University Law Center

-- (02/23/2019)