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 JacketYearAuthorTitlePublisher
1973*Dickson D. Bruce, Jr.And They all San Hallelujah: Plain-Folk Camp-Meeting Religion, 1800-1845University of Tennessee Press
1977James M. CrawfordThe Mobilian Trade LanguageUniversity of Tennessee Press
1979Charles L. BriggsThe Wood Carvers of Cordova, New Mexico Social Dimensions of an Artistic "Revival"University of Tennessee Press
1980Elizabeth LawrenceRodeo: An Anthropologist Looks at the Wild and the TameUniversity of Tennessee Press
1992Stuart MarksSouthern Hunting in Black and White: Nature, History, and Ritual in a Carolina CommunityPrinceton University Press
1993Leland FergusonUncommon Ground: Archeology and Early African America 1650-1800Smithsonian Institution Press
1994James DeetzFlowerdew Hundred: The Archaeology of a Virginia Plantation,1619-1864University Press of Virginia
1995Peggy BarlettAmerican Dreams, Rural Realities: Family Farms in Crisis (co-winner)University of North Carolina Press
1995Jerald MilanichArchaeology of Precolumbian Florida (co-winner)University of Florida Press
1997Patricia GallowayChoctaw Genesis, 1500-1700University of Nebraska Press
1998Charles HudsonKnights of Spain, Warriors of the SunUniversity of Georgia Press
1999Theda PerdueCherokee Women: Gender and culture change 1700-1835University of Nebraska Press
2000William S. PollitzerThe Gullah People and Their African HeritageUniversity of Georgia Press
2001Laurie WilkieCreating Freedom: Material Culture and African American Identity at Oakley Plantation, LouisianaLouisiana State University Press
2001David GriffithThe Estuary Gift: An Atlantic Coast Cultural Biography (honorable mention)Pennsylvania State University
2002Samuel R.CookMonacans and Miners: Native American and Coal Mining Communities in AppalachiaUniversity of Nebraska Press
2003Margaret Clelland BenderSigns of Cherokee Culture: Sequoyah's Syllabary in Eastern Cherokee LifeUniversity of North Carolina Press
2003Choong Soon KimOne Anthropologist Two Worlds: Three Decades of Reflexive Fieldwork in North America and Asia (honorable mention)University of Tennessee Press
2004Miles RichardsonBeing-In-Christ and Putting Death in Its Place: An Anthropologist's Account of Christian Performance in Spanish America and the American SouthLouisiana State University Press
2004Margaret Holmes WilliamsonPowhatan Lords of Life and Death: Command and Consent in Seventeenth-Century Virginia (honorable mention)University of Nebraska Press
2005No award was given for the year 2005.
2006James HamillGoing Indian (co-winner)University of Illinois Press
2006Grey Gundaker and Judith McWillieNo Space Hidden:The Spirit of African American Yardwork (co-winner)University of Tennessee Press
2006Helen C. RountreePocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: ThreeIndian Lives Changed by Jamestown (honorable mention)University of Virginia Press
2007Trudy Griffin-PierceChiricahua Apache Enduring Power: Naiche's Puberty Ceremony Paintings (co-winner)University of Alabama Press
2007Kenneth E. SassamanPeople of the Shoals: Stallings Culture of the Savannah River Valley (co-winner)University Press of Florida
2008James PeacockGrounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the WorldUniversity of Georgia Press
2009Shepard KrechSpirits of the Air: Birds and American Indians in the SouthUniversity of Georgia Press
2010Christopher M. StojanowskiBioarchaeology of Ethnogenesis of the Colonial SoutheastUniversity of Florida Press
2011Robbie EthridgeChicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (co-winner)University of North Carolina Press
2011Circe SturmBecoming 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 Industry2012Peter BensonTobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Faceof a Global IndustryPrinceton University Press
Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community2013Kenneth T. MacLeishMaking War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military CommunityPrinceton University Press
Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic2014Audrey HorningIreland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British AtlanticUniversity of North Carolina Press
Cherokee Reference Grammar2015Brad Montgomery-AndersonCherokee Reference GrammarUniversity of Oklahoma Press
Constructing Histories: Archaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of St. John's River, Florida2015Asa R. RandallConstructing Histories: Archaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of St. John's River, FloridaUniversity Press of Florida (honorable mention)
Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture2015John van WilligenKentucky's Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and CultureThe University Press of Kentucky (honorable mention)
The Powhatan Landscape: An Archaeological History of the Algonquian Chesapeake2016Martin D. GallivanThe Powhatan Landscape: An Archaeological History of the Algonquian ChesapeakeUniversity Press of Florida
Water from Stone: Archaeology and Conservation at Florida's Springs2017Jason O'DonoughueWater from Stone: Archaeology and Conservation at Florida's SpringsUniversity of Florida Press
2018No award was given for the year 2018.
A South You Never Ate2019Bernard HermanA South You Never AteUniversity of North Carolina Press (honorable mention)
The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence2019Edward González-TennantThe Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional ViolenceUniversity Press of Florida (honorable mention)
Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty2020Courtney LewisSovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty
* First Mooney Award Winner