The Western History Association announces the John C. Ewers Book Award given annually for the best published book on the North American (including Mexico) Indian Ethnohistory. The award is $500 to the author and a certificate to the publisher. The award is supported by the Ewers family and administered by the Western History Association.
-2022 Awards Cycle opens January 25, 2022
-2022 Award Submission (Postmark) Deadline: April 15, 2022
The WHA office sends award notifications in August. View a list of past recipients.
Kent Blansett, Chair
University of Kansas
Department of History
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
3650 Wescoe Hall
John Canfield Ewers (1909 – 1997) was an American ethnologist and museum curator. Known for his studies on the art and history of the American Plains Indians, he was described by the New York Times as one of his country's "foremost interpreters of American Indian culture." He was instrumental in establishing the National Museum of American History and became its Director in 1964. At the time of his death he was Ethnologist Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution and was the first recipient of the Smithsonian's Exceptional Service Award as well as the Western History Association's Oscar O. Winther Award and the American Alliance of Museum's Distinguished Service Award. Source: Manuscript National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. 1999–2006.
2021 | Wade Davies, Native Hoops: The Rise of American Indian Basketball, 1895-1970 (University Press of Kansas, 2020)
2019 | Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2018)
2018 | Rosalyn R. LaPier for Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers, and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet (University of Nebraska Press, 2017)
2017 | David A. Chang for The World and All the Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)
2016 | Joshua Reid for The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs (Yale University Press)
2014 | Kathryn Magee LaBelle for Dispersed but Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People (University of British Columbia Press, 2013)
2012 | Christina Snyder for Slavery in Indian Country: The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America (Harvard University Press, 2010)
2010 | Pekka Hämäläinen for The Comanche Empire (Yale University Press, 2008)
2008 | Ned Blackhawk for Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (Harvard University Press, 2006)
2006 | Philip Deloria for Indians in Unexpected Places (University Press of Kansas, 2006)
2004 | Colin G. Calloway for One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (University of Nebraska Press, 2003)
2002 | Martha C. Knack for Boundaries Between: The Southern Paiutes, 1775-1995 (University of Nebraska Press, 2002)
2000 | William N. Fenton for The Great Law and the Longhouse: A Political History of the Iroquois Confederacy (University of Oklahoma Press, 1998)