Nebraska Native American Folklore

The Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets are part of a larger state-based pamphlet series commissioned by the Federal Writer’s Project, issued for four years beginning in 1935, to document the life histories and place-based narratives of peoples and communities around the United States. The Of the Plains Project, based out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is an attempt to curate and make digitally available those portions of the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets which document folklore and life histories of the various Native American communities of Nebraska, with a larger goal of highlighting and preserving narrative perspectives from within these Native American communities themselves. The digital archive of these texts is designed to be of potential interest to literary and cultural communities at large, and of particular interest to Great Plains and Native American Studies.

This digital archive project was conceptualized with an awareness of 1) the critical and political implications of producing an oral “artifact”; 2) the serious impact of critical and editorial imperialism; 3) and intended to be utilized with these significant critical awarenesses in mind.

The Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets were produced from 1935-1939, and contain a total of 30 issues. The Of the Plains Project highlights the following pamphlets

About this Project

This project was conceptualized and created by three graduate students, Kirby Little, Zach Mueller, and Steph Camerone, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as part of Professor Amanda Gailey’s course on digital archives and editions, with special thanks to the Love Library Archives & Special Collections and The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska.

Further Readings


Hill, Randall T.G., “Methodological Approaches to Native American Narratives and the Role of Performance.” Krupat, Arnold, “An Approach to Native American Texts.” Krupat, Arnold, “Native American Literature and the Canon.” Hymes, Dell, “Narrative Form as a “Grammar” of Experience: Native American and a Glimpse of English.” Bradley, John, “Towards a Richer Sense of Digital Annotation: Moving Beyond a “Media” Orientation of the Annotation of Digital Objects.”