Robert K. Thomas, who died in 1991, was an anthropologist, professor, and Cherokee
Indian. His friends are trying to assemble his disparate, scattered writings and similar
materials. We hope to preserve his creative and innovative ideas for another generation
of Indians, anthropologists, and intellectuals. If you have something to contribute to
this collection, please email it to the address given below. Thanks. bob cooter 

email contributions to ing@law.berkeley.edu. 

Articles

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Community and Institution among American Indian Groups, Interculture (1984)

Description of modern North American Indian community life. This article may have also been published...

 

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The Tribe as an Ideal Type, Varieties of Man and Society, Journal of University Studies (1975)

Following in the tradition of Max Weber (ideal type) and Robert Redfield (forms of social...

 

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Colonialism: Classic and Internal, New University Thought (1969)

This is one of the core papers used in the curriculum at Monteith College, Wayne...

 

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Powerless Politics, New University Thought (1969)

This is one of the core papers used in the curriculum at Monteith College, Wayne...

 

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The Role of the Church in Indian Adjustment, Kansas Journal of Sociology (1967)

Prepared for the National Council of Churches to help the church evaluate the modern mission...

 

Books

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The People and the Strangers: Narratives and a Theory of American Indian Life (with Robert Cooter), Robert Cooter (1995)

Chapters in this unfinished manuscript alternative between theory and narratives -- Thomas's theory of individuation...

 

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Collected Letters and Papers (1990)

This collection of some of the writings of Robert (Bob) Thomas, Cherokee elder, practitioner of...

 

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The Prophecy Manuscript - Part 1 (1986)

The Prophecy Manuscript by Robert K. Thomas is not an academic volume. Instead it is...

 

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The Prophecy Manuscript - Part 2 (1986)

The Prophecy Manuscript by Robert K. Thomas is not an academic volume. Instead it is...

 

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The Prophecy Manuscript - Part 3 (1986)

The Prophecy Manuscript by Robert K. Thomas is not an academic volume. Instead it is...

 

Contributions to Books

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Individuals and Relatives (with robert cooter), A Good Cherokee, A Good Anthropologist: Papers in Honor of Robert K. Thomas (1998)

In this paper, a narrative of a Cherokee childhood precedes and a theory of child...

 

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Nationalism, Who Is the Chairman of this Meeting? A collection of Essays (1972)

Written under the pseudonym of Anderson Dirthrower, R.K. Thomas writes of 'how it feels to...

 

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The Prophecy, Who Is the Chairman of this Meeting? A collection of Essays (1972)

Written under the pseudonym of Anderson Dirthrower, tells of a prophecy that Bob Thomas heard...

 

Unpublished Papers

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Childhood (1993)

The author gave an account of his life as a youngster in a Cherokee community...

 

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Next Step, Social Oblivion? (1987)

This short position paper will consider three questions. First, what are the social and cultural...

 

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Position Paper for the 1986 Tavertet Spain Colloquium on Cultural Resistance (1986)

For most minority peoples in the world today, cultural resistance and cultural survival is dependent...

 

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To the Committee for the Second Chicago Indian Conference (1985)

A Position Paper written by Robert K. Thomas to the Committee for the Second Chicago...

 

Presentations

Letters, Sermons, Communications, Other

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Retrospective Bibliography (2006)

Stan Thomas prepared this retrospective bibliography for his father, Robert K. Thomas, in 2006.

 

OpenURL

Sermon: Blessed Are the Meek, Vancouver School of Theology Chapel (1988)