Philip J. Deloria

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Philip Joseph Deloria (Dakota) is a historian who specializes in Native American history and culture. He is the son of author and scholar Vine Deloria, Jr., a Yankton Sioux, and a descendant of Alfred and Thomas Sully.

Early life and education[edit]

Philip Joseph Deloira is the son of Vine Deloria, Jr. and his wife. His father was a scholar, writer and activist for Native American rights, known for his book, Custer Died for Our Sins. His father was of European and Yankton descent, and a member of the Yankton tribe. Philip's paternal grandmother Ella Deloria was a Yankton Sioux and ethnologist. Deloria is also the great-great grandson of Philip Joseph Deloria, or Tipi Sapa (Black Lodge), for whom he is named. He was an Episcopal priest who ministered to the Sioux. Philip is also the great-great-great grandson of U.S Army officer and painter Alfred Sully, and 4xgreat-grandson of his father, painter Thomas Sully.

Deloria received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1994. He is a professor at the University of Michigan in both the Program in American Culture and the Department of History.[1][2] He has written a number of books about Native American history and experience. These include Playing Indian, a book about the use of Indian costumes, traditions and images by white people.

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Department of History - University of Michigan". University of Michigan. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Program of American Culture - University of Michigan". University of Michigan. accessdate=2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ Philip Joseph Deloria. (retrieved 12 Nov 2009)