Ben Kracht

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Dr Ben Kracht


Office Location

  • Tahlequah
    Seminary Hall 317
    (918) 444-3698


Dr. Kracht grew up in Crown Point, Indiana, attended Indiana University, where he received a B.A. (History/Anthropology) in 1979. In 1982, he received an M.A. (Anthropology) from the University of Nebraska, moved to Dallas, and finished his Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Southern Methodist University in 1989. After brief teaching stints at Dallas area community colleges, Connecticut College, and Iowa State University, he moved to Oklahoma in August 1992 and has taught at Northeastern State University ever since.
Most of my publications, including three books, pertain to Kiowa culture, history, and religion. I have conduced ethnographic fieldwork among the Kiowas since 1983. From 2005-07, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Belize, Central America, and in Zuni Pueblo since 2014.
Kracht's teaching interests include; medical anthropology; Indians of North America; Archaeology of North America; Plains Indians; Maya archaeology and ethnography; ethnohistory; religion; ethnographic field methods.