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Author Talk: Dr. Benjamin R. Kracht

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Author Talk: Dr. Benjamin R. Kracht

Author Talk: Dr. Benjamin R. Kracht

Talk Title: “Stories from Saddle Mountain”

Stories from Saddle Mountain recounts family stories connecting Henrietta Tongkeamha (1912-93) and her son Raymond (b. 1942) to their southwestern Oklahoma homelands. Together, their autobiographies illuminate dynamic changes and steadfast traditions in twentieth-century Kiowa life in the Saddle Mountain Countryside. Kracht reflects on this collaborative project and his four-decade relationship with the Tongkeamha family.

 Northeastern State University Professor of Anthropology and Chair, Dept. of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies. He started working at NSU in 1992 and has been teaching here to the present.

Date: Feb. 16, 2022 (Wednesday)

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: John Vaughan Library, Room #105

            Open to everyone (in-person event only)


Book Title: Stories from Saddle Mountain: Autobiographies of a Kiowa Family

 Nominee for the 2022 Oklahoma Book Award (Non-Fiction) 

 Book Signing: Copies of book available for purchase at event

 Sponsor: John Vaughan Library

Contact: SophiaBeverley ThrÄ"att

Born and raised in Indiana, Kracht’s childhood interest in Native cultures led to his studies in anthropology and degrees from Indiana University (B.A. 1979), University of Nebraska (M.A. 1982) and Southern Methodist University (Ph.D. 1989). Kracht taught anthropology and American Indian studies at Connecticut College and Iowa State University before coming to NSU thirty years ago. An ethnohistorian whose research combines historical methods and anthropological theories, Kracht held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives and the Newberry Library, and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Southern Plains since 1983. Besides working with the Kiowas, Kracht studied indigenous medical practices in Belize, Central America and plans future fieldwork in Zuni Pueblo. Over the years, Kracht has taken students on immersive learning trips to southwestern Oklahoma, Central America and New Mexico. He cofounded NSU’s Undergraduate Research Day and is a recipient of NSU’s Circle of Excellence award for research contributions.


Monday, January 31, 2022


SophiaBeverley Threatt

Phone: 9184443267