Each year the Center for Great Plains Studies presents a prize for the previous year's best book on the Great Plains. The Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize carries a cash award recently increased to $10,000. Publishers or authors may make nominations; each publisher may submit up to five titles. Only first edition, full-length, nonfiction books copyrighted in 2015 are evaluated for this year's award. The deadline for the 2016 book prize is Jan. 26, 2016. A winner will be selected May 2016.
Elizabeth A. Fenn's "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People" has won this year's Stubbendieck Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.
The book tells the story of the Mandan Indians of the upper Missouri River, who assisted Lewis and Clark when the explorers chose to build their fort near the Mandan villages during the difficult winter of 1804-1805. Using new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, climatology, nutritional science and more, Fenn delves deeper into their history to create a more complete picture of their lives. The Mandan had a reputation for hospitality, but they also had agricultural and commercial prowess. Fenn details this thriving civilization that collapsed when hit with disease and new commercial technologies, though a sense of tradition and culture endured. Fenn will speak at the Center on Oct 28 at 3:30 p.m.
American Carnage: Wounded Knee 1890
Jerome Greene, University of Oklahoma Press
Charles M. Russell: Photographing the Legend"
Larry Len Peterson, University of Oklahoma Press
Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
Elizabeth Fenn, Hill and Wang Press
Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret
David Jachowski, University of California Press