Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2011


Great Plains Research Vol. 21, No. 2, 2011


© 2011 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska- Lincoln


This volume celebrates Colin Taylor's contributions to North American ethnology through the presentation 251 of 14 research articles that reflect the diversity and vigor of Taylor's scholarship. Taylor spent his entire life in the Sussex region of southeastern England and the majority of his career teaching at the University of Hastings. His interest in Native Americans began with a boyhood fascination that matured into a disciplined and enduring passion for research and scholarly discourse. Arni Brownstone and Hugh Dempsey, two respected scholars and close friends and colleagues of Taylor, edited the volume. The three of them, along with John C. Ewers, Christian Feest, Bill Holm, and several others comprised an important group of academics, museum professionals, and advocational anthropologists who shared a research focus on the Northern Plains and in the 1980s and '90s collectively produced a significant body of research and publications in ethnology and material culture studies. This group also participated in various conferences and gatherings at which they shared their research with a broader audience, particularly at the annual Plains Indian Seminar at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. This combination of personality, scholarship, institutional reputation, and geographic location contributed to the ascendancy of the Plains Indian Seminar to one of the premier venues for Native American material culture scholarship.