David Posthumus

David Posthumus

Assistant Professor

ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY

East Hall 309

Phone: (605) 677-5402

Email: David.Posthumus@usd.edu

Teaching Interests:

Sociocultural and linguistic anthropology, Native Studies, belief and ritual, ethnohistory, history of anthropology/anthropological theory, Native North America, Lakota Studies, ethnicity and identity


Research Interests:

Lakota belief and ritual, ethnohistory, and language


Education:

  • Ph D, Anthropology, Indiana University, 2015
  • MA, Anthropology, Indiana University, 2011
  • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Social Science, Michigan State University, 2007

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Social Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research, CITI
  • Social Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel, CITI
  • Conflict of Interest, CITI

Grants:

  • REU Site: Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience), National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Supporting. (2016 - 2019)
  • Curriculum Transformation Grant, College of Arts and Sciences. (2017)
  • Understanding Lakota Perspectives on Landscape through the Exploration of TCPs, FY18 South Dakota Board of Regents Competitive Research Grant Program.

Publications:

Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Posthumus, David. All My Relatives: Exploring Nineteenth-Century Lakota Ontology and Belief, 379-400. Vol. 64, Iss. 3. Durham, NC: Ethnohistory, 2017. (DOI: 10.1215/00141801-3870627)
  • Posthumus, David. The Revenant. Edited by Thomas Prasch, 56-58. Vol. 40, Iss. 1 (Spring 2017). Topeka, KS: Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains , 2017.
  • Posthumus, David, and Andersson, Rani-Henrik. "I Drew the North Wind through His Body": Lakota Healing Traditions from 1850 to the 21st Century. In Indigenous Healing Traditions, edited by Kalle Kananoja and Jussi Hokkanen. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society SKS, 2017.
  • Posthumus, David. Learning Lakota: Ma?píya Lúta Lak?ól'iyapi Wóu?spewi?hakhiyapi: Teaching Lakota to Red Cloud Students. Pine Ridge, SD: Red Cloud Indian School, 2017.
  • Posthumus, David. Hereditary Enemies? An Examination of Sioux-Arikara Relations Prior to 1830. Edited by Kacy Hollenback and Richard Krause, 361-382. Vol. 61, Iss. 240. Laramie, WY: Plains Anthropologist, 2016. (DOI: 10.1080/00320447.2016.1245960)
  • Posthumus, David. A Lakota View of Pte Oyáte (Buffalo Nation). In Bison and People on the North American Great Plains: A Deep Environmental History, edited by Geoff Cunfer and Bill Waiser. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press - "Connecting the Greater West" series, 2016.
  • Posthumus, David. Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian. Edited by Thomas Prasch, 121-123. Vol. 38, Iss. 2. Topeka, KS: Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains , 2015.
  • Posthumus, David. All My Relatives: Exploring Lakota Ontology, Belief, and Ritual. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Awards and Honors:

  • Center for Teaching and Learning Course Design Fellowship, University of South Dakota, 2017
  • College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Transformation Grant, University of South Dakota, 2017
  • Arts & Sciences Spring Travel Grant, USD College of Arts & Sciences, 2017
  • Arts & Sciences Travel Grant, USD College of Arts & Sciences, 2015
  • Arts & Sciences Travel Grant, USD College of Arts & Sciences, 2014
  • David C. Skomp Summer Research Feasibility Study Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2014
  • College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2013
  • Student Travel Grant, American Society for Ethnohistory, 2013

Presentations:

  • Posthumus, David. Hunting Spirits: Exploring Nineteenth-Century Lakota Hunting and Animal Ceremonialism. Presented at the Dakota Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. (April 22, 2017)
  • Posthumus, David. The Regna Rhizome: A Roundtable Four Decades in the Making. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. (November 18, 2016)
  • Posthumus, David. Lakota Culture and Spiritual Experience: A New Animist Reinterpretation of Nineteenth-Century Lakota Ontology, Belief, and Ritual. Presented at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. (November 11, 2016)
  • Posthumus, David. Shooting Medicine: Sioux Ethnohistorical Perspectives on Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Action at a Distance. Presented at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. (November 11, 2016)
  • Posthumus, David. Collaboration with Native American Tribes. Presented at the Plains Anthropological Conference, Lincoln, NE. (October 14, 2016)
  • Posthumus, David. Hunting Spirits: Exploring Nineteenth-Century Lakota Hunting and Animal Ceremonialism. Presented at the Plains Anthropological Conference, Lincoln, NE. (October 13, 2016)
  • Posthumus, David. The Familiar and Strange in Remaining 'Native' and Becoming an Anthropologist: Celebrating Dr. Beatrice Medicine's Contributions to Anthropology. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (November 21, 2015)
  • Posthumus, David. "Dear Dr. Boas": The Collaboration and Contribution of Ella Cara Deloria and Franz Boas. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (November 18, 2015)
  • Posthumus, David. Lakota Culture and Spiritual Experience: Applying Hallowellian Notions of Phenomenology and Ontology to Nineteenth-Century Lakota Belief and Ritual. Presented at the Plains Anthropological Conference, Iowa City, IA. (October 16, 2015)
  • Posthumus, David. The Social Organization of Contemporary Oglala Lakota Religion. Presented at the Central States Anthropological Society Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN. (April 10, 2015)
  • Posthumus, David. The Social Organization of Contemporary Oglala Lakota Religion.
  • Posthumus, David. Calling Songs: Music in Lakota Religion and Ritual. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (December 6, 2014)
  • Posthumus, David. Rearticulating Wak?á?: Contemporary Translations of Oglala Lakota Religious Concepts. Presented at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN. (October 11, 2014)
  • Posthumus, David. "Contemporary Identity at Pine Ridge Reservation: Being Oglala in 2013". Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (November 21, 2013)
  • Posthumus, David. "Proselytization and Tradition: Oglala Lakota Religious Resurgence". Presented at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (September 14, 2013)
  • Posthumus, David. "Hereditary Enemies? Sioux-Arikara Relations to 1815". Presented at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Springfield, MO. (November 9, 2012)
  • Posthumus, David. "The Lakota Language Project (LLP)". Presented at the Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference, Helsinki, Finland. (May 9, 2012)