Dr. Brice Obermeyer

   Associate Professor

    Office: 115D Butcher Education Center

    Phone: 620-341-5724

    Email: bobermey@emporia.edu

    Fax: 620-341-5681

    Education: Ph.D., University of Oklahoma,

    Anthropology, 2003

 

Dr. Obermeyer is an anthropologist that specializes in American Indian ethnography (Plains and Eastern Woodland), Tribal Historic Preservation, NAGPRA compliance and the politics of federal recognition.  His publications, grants and research have primarily been carried out in collaboration with the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma with whom he has worked since 2001.

Dr. Obermeyer with Delaware Tribe
Dr. Obermeyer (center) working with representatives from the Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe and Stockbridge-Munsee before the reburial event at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 2009.

Dr. Obermeyer has been on faculty at ESU since 2004 and has been actively involved in several campus wide programs including the Athletic Advisory Board, Advisory Board for the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Ethnic and Gender Studies minor.  Along with the two sections of Contemporary Cultures (AN210) that he offers every semester, Dr. Obermeyer also offers two upper division Anthropology electives.  In the fall 2012, he will offer Contemporary Cultures, Human Evolution and Civilization; and Native Peoples of North America.

Beyond his responsibilities at Emporia State University, Dr. Obermeyer also serves as the Director of Delaware Tribe's Historic Preservation Office (DTHPO) also located in Emporia.  The DTHPO works to ensure the protection and preservation of cultural and historic resources that are significant to Delaware tribal heritage.  The DTHPO regularly offers both undergraduate and graduate internships for students who are interested in American Indian history, ehtnography, tribal historic preservation, museum studies, GIS applications and archaeology.  For more information on internship oportunities with the DTHPO, please contact Dr. Obermeyer at bobermery@delawaretribe.org.

Delaware Tribe given 2012 NAGPRA federal grant article:  http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/sections/news/local-news/delaware-tribe-given-nagpra-federal-grant.html

Professional Service:

2007 Present Editorial Board, University of Kansas Press

2005-2007 Editorial Board, University of Kansas Press (Alternate)

 

 

Field School Experience: (Summer 2009)

The course offered an introduction to the ethnographic research method through first-hand experiences with American Indian Tribes in Oklahoma.

animation showing various images from  the field schoolPublications:

2009     Delaware Tribe in a Cherokee Nation. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Delaware Tribe in a Cherokee Nation

 

                      Delaware Tribe in a Cherokee Nation-University of Nebraska Press

 

2009       Delaware Country:  Landscape, Identity and Politics in an Oklahoma Indian    Tribe. Plains Anthropologist 54 (211):181-199.

 

2007      Salvaging the Delaware Big House Ceremony:  The History and Legacy of Frank Speck's Collaboration with the Oklahoma Delaware.  In Histories of Anthropology Annual F. Gleach and R. Darnell, eds., Pp. 184-198, University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln.

 

2005      Lessons from Salt Creek:  Maintaining Tribal Identity Among the Black Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes.  Pp. 54-62, Terry Straus, ed.,  In Race, Roots & Relations: Native and African Americans.  Albatross Press: Chicago

 

2004     From Coronado to Cattlemen: Assessing the Legacy of 19th-Century Cattle Trails on the Southern High Plains. Kansas Preservation 26(2):14-17. Co-authored with Scott Sundermeyer

 

External Research Grants Awarded:

2012 NAGPRA Consultation Grant ($89,554): Funding awarded by the National Park Service to aid the implementation of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

 

2009  National Park Service: NAGPRA Repatriation Grant ($5,000):  Funding awarded by the National Park Service for the reburial of Delaware remains excavated from Delaware Water Gap.

 

2008  American Philosophical Society:  Phillips Fund for Native American Research Grant ($2,500):  Funding to support research on the impacts of acknowledgment on the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe.

 

2004  NAGPRA Documentation Grant ($75,000): Funding awarded by the National Park Service to create a digital database of human remains ancestral to the Delaware held in museums nationwide and to begin consultation with the State Museums of New York and New Jersey.

 

2004 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant ($15,000: Funding awarded by the National Park Service for the reburial of Delaware remains held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

 

2004  Basic Library Services Grant ($4,000): Funding awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to enhance the information technology at the Delaware Tribal Library.

 

2004  National Park Service:  NAGPRA Repatriation Grant ($14, 426):  Funding awarded by the National Park Service for the reburial of Delaware remains discovered on Ellis Island.

 

2004  Professional Assistance Grant ($2,000): Funding awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide Library Services to provide technical training for the staff at the Delaware Tribal Library.

 

2000  Phillips Fund for Native American Research Grant ($1,400): Funding provided by the American Philosophical Society for Archival Research on the reorganization of Pojoaque Pueblo.

 

Internal Research Grants Awarded:

 

2009  Emporia State University:  Faculty Research and Creativity Grant ($3,000): Funding to support research on the impacts of acknowledgment on the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe.

 

2009  ESU Foundation:  Faculty Incentive Grant ($750):  Funding awarded to purchase the updated DVD series, Cultural Anthropology: Our Diverse World.

 

2008 Emporia State University:  Faculty Research and Creativity Grant ($3,000):  Funding to support preliminary research on the federal acknowledgement of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe.

 

2006  Emporia State University: Faculty Research and Creativity Grant ($7,643):   Funding to support the transcription, coding and analysis of 40 recorded interviews with Delaware tribal members. 

 

Courses he will offer Fall 2014:

AN 210 Contemporary Cultures (sections B & C)

AN 315 A Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective

AN 325A Native Peoples of North America

 

Courses he will offer Spring 2015:
AN 210 Contemporary Cultures (sections C &D)
AN 331A Folklore and Urban Legends
AN 336A Magic, Witchcraft and Religion