312 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 21 halftones, 3 maps, 2 graphs, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4859-0
Published: May 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4858-3
Published: May 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4860-6
Published: April 2019
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Awards & distinctions
2020 Mooney Award, Southern Anthropological Society
A 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Lewis’s fieldwork followed these businesses through the Great Recession and against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding EBCI-owned casino. Lewis's keen observations reveal how Eastern Band small business owners have contributed to an economic sovereignty that empowers and sustains their nation both culturally and politically.
About the Author
Courtney Lewis (Cherokee Nation) is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of South Carolina–Columbia.
For more information about Courtney Lewis, visit the Author Page.
“A must read for anyone that has a business or is looking to start one on tribal property. . . . Covers and takes a deep dive into Cherokee culture and bridges it with our history to provide all Native Nations with a sense of self-awareness and to empower native communities.”--Cherokee One Feather
“In this fascinating study, Lewis shows how diversity can overcome the dangers of a nation's relying on one economic product—casinos—and how individual and household entrepreneurship provides stability as well as room for necessary innovation.”--Choice
“Lewis provides an in-depth analysis of Cherokee small businesses and their role for economic and political sovereignty…her research opens the door for more contributions in the area of small-business ownership and economic sovereignty in both rural and urban areas by Indigenous entrepreneurs…” – Native American and Indigenous Studies
“Well-written. . . . [Lewis’s] research contributes to current anthropological and interdisciplinary debates in development studies. . . [and] includes many constructive ideas on how to strengthen and support Indigenous peoples’ centuries-long quest for economic sovereignty.” --Exertions
"In this well-written, ethnographically interesting, and insightful book, Lewis takes readers to the heart of how individuals constitute Indigenous economies, not only via governmental institutions but also via private enterprise."--Jessica Cattelino, University of California, Los Angeles
"This groundbreaking book demonstrates the creativity and cultural specificity of Native Americans who own businesses and run tribal enterprises. Lewis shows us the importance of small businesses in maintaining and strengthening the economic health of Native American communities."--Margaret Bender, Wake Forest University