SMITHSONIAN OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH AND STUDY

James Ring Adams
Senior Historian

National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
NMAI-GGJC MRC 556
Washington, DC 20013-7012
adamsjr@si.edu


Education

B.A (1966)Yale College; Ph.D. (1983) Cornell University


Research Interests

Tribal sovereignty in U. S. constitutional law; North American tribal horse culture; Royal Fifth exhibit of 1519 and debate on Indian in court of Charles V; French use of Indian as social critic, from Montaigne through Lahontan; influence of MesoAmerican civilization, religion on North American tribes; response of tribes to European technology (firepower and horse)


Current Research Projects

Tribal response to intervention of Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson in 1609

Puritan motives for missionary work and translation in 17th century Massachusetts

Native response to National institution of Thanksgiving Day


Current or Projected Exhibits

Researcher for Song for Horse Nation exhibit, planned for GGHC 2010; Henry Hudson Quadricentennial, GGHC 2009


Current Publications

"John Locke and the Wild Indians", chapter in forthcoming collection of American Indian essays, Fulcrum Press.

"When Worldviews Collide: Native Response to the U. S. National Holiday of Thanksgiving," Proceedings of

Third International Ename colloquium.
"The Missing Royal Fifth; New Leads on a Cold Case," American indian Magazine, Summer 2007