Jason Baird Jackson
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Jason Baird Jackson (born 1969) is the Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and an associate professor of folklore in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University Bloomington. At IUB, he has served as Chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and as Director of the Folklore Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, of American Studies, of Native American and Indigenous Studies and of Cultural Studies.
Early life and education
Jason Jackson was born in 1969.
He received his B.A. in sociology from University of Florida in 1990 with a minor in anthropology. He earned his M.A. degrees in cultural anthropology and in folklore, as well as his Ph.D. degree in anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington.
Jackson was Curator of Anthropology at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1995–2000) and Assistant Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma (2000–2004).
Dr. Jackson's research interests include the following areas: (1) folklore and ethnology (intellectual and cultural property issues, folklore and folklife, material culture, religion, ritual, cultural change, ethnohistory, music and dance, ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, social organization, social theory, history of folkloristics and anthropology), (2) linguistic anthropology (verbal art, oratory, language shift, language ideologies, theories of performance, language and culture), (3) curatorship (community collaboration, exhibitions, collections management), (4) American and native American studies (Eastern North America).
Dr. Jackson's ethnographic and historical work has focused on the life of the Yuchi, a Native American people residing today in Oklahoma, USA. He has published and edited several books on Native American topics, including Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community. He has also published numerous articles based on his studies of Native American ethnography and folklore, and is the editor of the journal Museum Anthropology Review.
- 2003. Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community. Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
- 2004. “Recontextualizing Revitalization: Cosmology and Cultural Stability in the Adoption of Peyotism among the Yuchi,” In Reassessing Revitalization: Perspectives from North America and the Pacific Islands. Michael Harkin, editor. pp. 183–205. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
- 2006. “On the Review of Digital Exhibitions,” Museum Anthropology, 29(1):1-4.
- 2008. “Traditionalization in Ceremonial Ground Oratory: Native American Speechmaking in Eastern Oklahoma,” in Midwestern Folklore. 34(2):3-16.
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- Jason Baird Jackson. 2003. Yuchi Ceremonial Life: Performance, Meaning and Tradition in a Contemporary American Indian Community. Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.