Mooney archive

Recipients of the James Mooney Award

The purpose of the James Mooney Award is to recognize and thereby encourage distinguished anthropological scholarship on the South and Southerners. Presented annually, the award includes a $500 cash prize and certificate of recognition to be presented to the winning author at an awards ceremony. In addition, an Honorable Mention Award includes a certificate of recognition. The winning presses will also receive a certificate of recognition and will be granted free exhibit space at the Society's annual meeting and, for one year, free advertising space for the winning books in the Southern Anthropologist.

Dust Jacket Year Author Title Publisher
1973* Dickson D. Bruce, Jr. And They all San Hallelujah: Plain-Folk Camp-Meeting Religion, 1800-1845 University of Tennessee Press
1977 James M. Crawford The Mobilian Trade Language University of Tennessee Press
1979 Charles L. Briggs The Wood Carvers of Cordova, New Mexico Social Dimensions of an Artistic "Revival" University of Tennessee Press
1980 Elizabeth Lawrence Rodeo: An Anthropologist Looks at the Wild and the Tame University of Tennessee Press
1992 Stuart Marks Southern Hunting in Black and White: Nature, History, and Ritual in a Carolina Community Princeton University Press
1993 Leland Ferguson Uncommon Ground: Archeology and Early African America 1650-1800 Smithsonian Institution Press
1994 James Deetz Flowerdew Hundred: The Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation,1619-1864 University Press of Virginia
1995 Peggy Barlett American Dreams, Rural Realities: Family Farms in Crisis (co-winner) University of North Carolina Press
1995 Jerald Milanich Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida (co-winner) University of Florida Press
1996 No Award Given
1997 Patricia Galloway Choctaw Genesis, 1500-1700 University of Nebraska Press
1998 Charles Hudson Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun University of Georgia Press
1999 Theda Perdue Cherokee Women:  Gender and culture change 1700-1835 University of Nebraska Press
2000 William S. Pollitzer The Gullah People and Their African Heritage University of Georgia Press
2001 Laurie Wilkie Creating Freedom: Material Culture and African American Identity at Oakley Plantation, Louisiana Louisiana State University Press
2001 David Griffith The Estuary Gift: An Atlantic Coast Cultural Biography (honorable mention) Pennsylvania State University
2002 Samuel R.Cook Monacans and Miners: Native American and Coal Mining Communities in Appalachia University of Nebraska Press
2003 Margaret Clelland Bender Signs of Cherokee Culture: Sequoyah's Syllabary in Eastern Cherokee Life University of North Carolina Press
2003 Choong Soon Kim One Anthropologist Two Worlds: Three Decades of Reflexive Fieldwork in North America and Asia (honorable mention) University of Tennessee Press
2004 Miles Richardson Being-In-Christ and Putting Death in Its Place: An Anthropologist's Account of Christian Performance in Spanish America and the American South Louisiana State University Press
2004 Margaret Holmes Williamson Powhatan Lords of Life and Death: Command and Consent in Seventeenth-Century Virginia (honorable mention) University of Nebraska Press
2005 No Award Given
2006 James Hamill Going Indian (co-winner) University of Illinois Press
2006 Grey Gundaker and Judith McWillie No Space Hidden:The Spirit of African American Yardwork (co-winner) University of Tennessee Press
2006 Helen C. Rountree Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: ThreeIndian Lives Changed by Jamestown (honorable mention) University of Virginia Press
2007 Trudy Griffin-Pierce Chiricahua Apache Enduring Power: Naiche's Puberty Ceremony Paintings (co-winner) University of Alabama Press
2007 Kenneth E. Sassaman People of the Shoals:  Stallings Culture of the Savannah River Valley (co-winner) University Press of Florida
2008 James Peacock Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World University of Georgia Press
2009 Shepard Krech Spirits of the Air: Birds and American Indians in the South University of Georgia Press
2010 Christopher M. Stojanowski Bioarchaeology of Ethnogenesis of the Colonial Southeast University of Florida Press
2011 Robbie Ethridge Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (co-winner) University of North Carolina Press
2011 Circe Sturm Becoming Indian: The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the Twenty-first Century (co-winner) SAR Press
Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry 2012 Peter Benson Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Faceof a Global Industry Princeton University Press
Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community 2013 Kenneth T. MacLeish Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community Princeton University Press
Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic 2014 Audrey Horning Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic University of North Carolina Press
Cherokee Reference Grammar 2015 Brad Montgomery-Anderson Cherokee Reference Grammar University of Oklahoma Press

*First Mooney Award Winner