Professor Philip J. Deloria studies American Indians and the contradictions that made America.

January 8, 2019
Phillip Deloria by Jim Harrison

"Conjure your image of a Native American. Modern Americans might first think of American Indians as relics of the past, their memory consigned to kindergarten Thanksgiving dress-up and Hollywood Westerns. But much as they are marginalized in the story of America, American Indians are also central to the American cultural imagination—both erased from and incorporated into the national narrative. Philip J. Deloria, professor of history, began to explore this seeming contradiction in his first book, Playing Indian (1998), writing about white people dressing up as Native Americans, or “playing Indian,” from the Boston Tea Party through the present."

Read more of Professor Deloria's article on Harvard Magazine's website, here