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Wade Davies



NAC 203A
(406) 243-5835



  • John C. Ewers Award for Native Hoops as the best book on Native North American Ethnohistory, 2021
  • National Institue for Staff and Organization Development Award for Teaching Excellence, for teaching services at San Juan College, New Mexico
  • New Mexico Region of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Jimmy Miller Advisor Hall of Honor Award

Past Appointments:

  • Instructor of History, San Juan College
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Research Interests

History of Native sporting traditions. Past: Navajo efforts to utilize traditional and Western healing ways.

Field of Study

Navajo health and healing, Native American sports and games

Selected Publications

Native Hoops: The Rise of American Indian Basketball, 1895-1970. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2020. -winner of 2021 John C. Ewers Award

"How Native Americans Made Basketball Their Own." Zocalo Public Square (April 15, 2020).

Co-authored with Peter Iverson. We Are Still Here: American Indians since 1890. New York: Wiley, 2015.

Co-edited with Rich Clow and Submitted to Scarecrow Press, American Indian Sovereignty and Law: An Annotated Bibliography

Co-authored with Rich Clow, “The St. Francis Mission Indians and the National Interscholastic Catholic Basketball Tournament, 1924-1941.” The International Journal of the History of Sport 23 (March 2006): 213-31.

“Western Medicine and Navajo Healing: Conflict and Compromise” in ed. Robert Johnston, The Politics of Healing. New York: Routledge Press, pp. 83-94.

“Clyde James”; “Egbert Ward”; “Wilson Charles” in ed. C.Richard King, Encyclopedia of Native Americans and Sports. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharp Inc.

Healing Ways: Navajo Health Care in the Twentieth Century. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001.

“Cornell’s Field Seminar in Applied Anthropology: Social Scientists and American Indians in the Post-war Southwest.” Journal of the Southwest, 43 (Autumn 2001): 317-41.

Co-Author with Peter Iverson. “American-Indian Identities in the Twentieth Century.” Organization of American Historians, Magazine of History, 9 (Summer 1995): 15-21.