Frances W. Kaye

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348 Andrews Hall
Courses Regularly Taught

Introduction to Native American Literature

Canadian Fiction

Literature of Place

Plains Literature

Seminar in Intellectual History of the Great Plains

Professional Areas of Specialty
"Studies" is the game for meā€”Great Plains Studies, Native American Studies, Canadian Studies. I live part time on an old farmstead outside Lincoln and part time in a little house in central Calgary, Alberta so that I can always be immersed in what I am studying. My research is as likely to take me to a tall grass prairie or a powwow or a street corner protest as it is to the library, and I encourage my students also to live their passions.
Awards and Honors
I have held two Fulbright Teaching Awards, to Montreal, Quebec, and to Calgary, Alberta. The first resulted in the book Hiding the Audience: Arts and Arts Institutions on the Prairies, and I am finishing an Intellectual History of the Great Plains based on research done during the second. I am just beginning a new project dealing with First Nations art, humour, and justice issues. I'm not real sure where that is going to take me, but I am enthusiastic about the ride.
Selected Books


"Just What is Cultural Appropriation, Anyway?" Black Elk Speaks Reader, ed. Clyde Holler; Syracuse University Press.

"Little Squatter on the Osage Diminished Reserve: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Indians," Great Plains Quarterly 20 (Spring 2000): 123-140.


"A British Bandsman in Calgary, 1910-1924 'Having Been a Trombone Myself': Journal of the West 40 (Winter 2001): 22-29.

"Children of Someone Else's History: Reading for Restorative Justice," American Review of Canadian Studies 31


"An Innis, not a Turner," American Review of Canadian Studies 32


"The Tantalizing Possibility of Living on the Plains," in History, Literature, and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies. Alison Calder and Robert Wardhaugh, eds. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2005, pp. 25-42.

Selected Presentations


"Nebraskatchewan: George Norris and Tommy Douglas," Association for Canadian Studies in the US Canadian Biennial, Vancouver, BC.


"Was Pocahontas the First Rhodes Scholar?" Native American Literatures, Mystic Lake, Minnesota.

"Why We Should Think About Ward Churchill," Institute for Ethnic Studies, UNL

"Toward A Unified Field Theory of the Great Plains: Homesteading," Center for Great Plains Studies, UNL:

"Toward a First Nations Intellectual History, 1985-2005," Association for Canadian Studies in the US, St. Louis, MO, November 2005