Funding for this research was provided by a Mellon Resident Fellowship
at the American Philosophical Society Library, a Post-Doctoral Fellow-
ship from the Ford Foundation, and the James B. Duke fellowship at the
National Humanities Center. Further support was provided by the Dean
of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the Provost, the Social Science
Research Institute, and the Department of Cultural Anthropology of
Duke University. This book was a long time in the making, and several
arguments and preliminary ideas were worked out in articles that were
previously published, which include “Franz Boas Out of the Ivory Tower,”
Anthropological Theory 4(1) (2004), 29–51; “Research, Reform, and Ra-
cial Uplift: The Mission of the Hampton Folklore Society 1893–1899,”
Excluded Ancestors, Inventible Traditions: Essays Toward a More Inclu-
sive History of Anthropology, edited by Richard Handler, 42–80, vol. 9 of
History of Anthropology (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000);
“Daniel G. Brinton’s Success on the Road to Obscurity, 1890–99,” Cultural
Anthropology 15(3) (2000), 394–423.
So many people have helped me with this project on my long journey
toward completion. I cannot begin to properly demonstrate my heart-
felt appreciation for guidance, inspiration, and motivation. I would like
to both acknowledge and personally thank Sandy Graham, Dan Segal,
Regna Darnell, Nancy Parezo, Leilani Basham, Michael Silverstein, Layli
Phillips, Polly Strong, Marisol de la Cadena, Circe Sturm, Robert War-
rior, Ralph Litzinger, Andrew Lyons, Alice B. Kehoe, Ty P. Kawika Tengan,
Dana Davis, David Shorter, Eric Lassiter, Matti Bunzl, George Bond, Bayo
Holsley, Carol Greenhouse, Maureen Mahon, Moira Smith, Noenoe K.
Silva, George Stocking, John L. Jackson, Deborah A. Thomas, Nick Dirks,
Jason Jackson, Richard Handler, Debra Wythe, Phil Morgan, Alan Good-
man, Carol Spawn, Alex Pezzati, Roy Goodman, Beth Carroll-Horrocks,
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