Philip J. Deloria, University of Michigan, and author of Indians in Unexpected Places
"Kiara M. Vigil's powerful collective cultural biography of four major Indigenous intellectuals, Dr Charles A. Eastman, Dr Carlos Montezuma, Gertrude Bonnin, and Luther Standing Bear, illuminates the important political and cultural work they did in their writings, public appearances, and performances. She shows how these thinkers engaged with modernity to offer penetrating critiques of American society and in defense of Indigenous political lives around questions about citizenship, assimilation, and modernity. Deeply researched and nuanced, Indigenous Intellectuals contributes richly to our understanding of Indigenous intellectual life during a moment of immense change in Indian country."
Jean O'Brien, University of Minnesota
"An outstanding work of American literary and cultural history, Indigenous Intellectuals draws upon a broad archive to bring new sources and interpretations to light. Kiara Vigil's nuanced readings reveal the complex individual and collective choices and broad intellectual circuits traversed by a generation of Native American writers and performers. A powerful and illuminating contribution to American cultural studies."
Beth H. Piatote, University of California, Berkeley