Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote

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American Indian and Indigenous Studies | American Indian history | expressive and material culture


Greenlaw Hall 516 CB #3520
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520
(919) 843-7099


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2009
B.A., University of Missouri, 2001


Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote’s research interests center upon American Indian history, material, and expressive culture. Her current project, a book manuscript based on her dissertation, entitled “Envisioning Nationhood:  Kiowa Expressive Culture 1875-1939,” argues that expressive culture (beadwork, metalwork, painting, and dance) is a vital location through which the Kiowa, a tribe in Oklahoma have created, maintained, and reformulated the boundaries and bonds of their nation.  She has also done research on nineteenth century Plains ledger drawings examining intercultural interactions featured in Southern Plains pictorial art.

Before joining the faculty in American Studies, she earned a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity.  She was also awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Minnesota and the Charles A. Eastman Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College.


Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote’s courses reflect her interdisciplinary interests in American Indian cultural and political history.  She has offered, “Twentieth Century Native America,” a class that explored American Indian social history, sovereignty, and autonomy though an interdisciplinary lens.  It also examined Native artists, cultural leaders, athletes, and others participated in the lives of their communities and American popular culture.  She also teaches  “ The Kiowa in American Indian Studies,” which considers the field through the lens of scholarship about the Kiowa and “American Indian Art and Material Culture.”


AMST/HIST/ANTH 234: The Kiowa in American Indian Studies
AMST/HIST 235: Native America in the Twentieth Century
AMST 390: American Indian Art and Material Culture