Christian Feest

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Christian Feest (2015) San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Christian Feest (born July 20, 1945 at Broumov, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic), is an Austrian ethnologist and ethnohistorian.

Feest specialized in the Native Americans of the Northeast and in the Native American anthropology of art. He published widely acknowledged, pioneering research on the early European-Native American colonial contact period, and on the history of museum collections.

Feest studied at the University of Vienna in the 1960s. He started publishing articles in 1964. His 1969 dissertation was titled, "Virginia Algonkin, 1570-1703." He worked at the Museum für Völkerkunde in Vienna and at the university. Feest investigated the social and cultural aspects of Native American drinking for his Habilitationsschrift, titled Trinken und Trinkgewohnheiten im indianischen Nordamerika (1980).

Feest was professor of the ethnology of indigenous America at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main from 1993 to 2004. From 2004 to 2010 he served as director of the Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna.[1]

He has two prominent brothers, Gerhard Gleich and Johannes Feest. Christian Feest was the editor of the European Review of Native American Studies [2]


  1. ^ Feest's Frobenius-Institut, Frankfurt am Main Webpage
  2. ^ [1] Bibliography for vols. 1(2), 1987−21(1), 2007.

Publications (selected)[1][edit]

  • Anders, Ferdinand; Pfister-Burkhalter, Margarete; Feest, Christian F., eds. (1967). Lukas Vischer (1780-1840): Künstler, Reisender, Sammler: Ein Beitrag zur Ethnographie der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika sowie zur Archäologie und Volkskunde Mexikos. Völkerkündliche Abhandlungen. 2. Hannover: Kommissionsverlag Münstermann-Druck. 
  • Feest, Christian F. (1968). "Lukas Vischers Beiträge zur Ethnographie Nordamerikas". Archiv für Völkerkunde. 22: 31–66. 
  • —— (1974). "Creek Towns in 1725". Ethnologische Zeitschrift. Zürich. 1: 161–175. OCLC 1098084. 
  • —— (1974). "Notes on Saponi Settlements in Virginia Prior to 1714". Quarterly Bulletin of the Archeological Society of Virginia. 28 (3): 152–155. OCLC 2444919. 
  • —— (1976). Das rote Amerika. Nordamerikas Indianer. Wien: Europaverlag. OCLC 3414983. 
  • —— (1978). "Virginia Algonquians". In Trigger, Bruce G. Handbook of North American Indians, Vol. 15: Northeast. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. pp. 253–270. OCLC 12682465. 
  • —— (1978). "North Carolina Algonquians". In Trigger, Bruce G. Handbook of North American Indians, Vol. 15: Northeast. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. pp. 270–281. OCLC 12682465. 
  • —— (1980). The Art of War. New York: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-06010-X. OCLC 7094849. 
  • —— (1981). "Notes on Native American Alcohol Use". In Hovens, Pieter T. North American Indian Studies, European Contributions. Göttingen: Edition Herodot. pp. 201–222. 
  • —— (1986). Indians of Northeastern North America. Leiden: E.J. Brill. ISBN 90-04-07833-9. OCLC 15862409. 
  • ——, ed. (1987). Indians and Europe. An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays. Aachen: Rader Verlag / Edition Herodot. ISBN 3-89399-020-8. 
  • —— (1990). The Powhatan Tribes. New York: Chelsea House. ISBN 0-7910-0395-7. OCLC 19777432. 
  • —— (1992). Native Arts of North America (Rev. ed.). New York: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-20262-1. OCLC 27038276. 
  • ——; Sylvia S. Kasprycki (1998). Peoples of the Twilight: European Views on Native Minnesota, 1823 to 1862. Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press. ISBN 1-890434-06-X. 
  • —— (1995). "The Collecting of American Indian Artifacts in Europe, 1493-1750". In Kupperman, Karen. America in European Consciousness, 1493- 1750. Williamsburg, Va.: University of North Carolina Press. pp. 324–360. ISBN 0-8078-4510-8. 
  • ——; Alfred Janata (1999). Technologie und Ergologie in der Völkerkunde Nordamerikas (4 ed.). Berlin: D. Reimer. OCLC 42435638. 
  • ——; C. Ronald Corum (2017). Frederick Weygold. Artist and Ethnographer of North American Indians. Altenstadt: ZKF Publishers. ISBN 978-39818412-0-6. 
  • —— (2000). The Cultures of Native North Americans. Köln: Könemann. ISBN 978-38290-2985-8. 
  • ——; Karl-Heinz Kohl (2001). Hauptwerke der Ethnologie. Kröners Taschenausgabe, Bd. 380. Stuttgart: A. Kröner. ISBN 3-520-38001-3. OCLC 52750273. 


  • European Review of Native American Studies, since 1987


  • Ding, Bild, Wissen. Ergebnisse und Perspektiven nordamerikanischer Forschung in Frankfurt am Main, Cora Bender et alii, eds, Cologne: Rüdige Köppe, 2005 ( with a Feest bibliography).

  1. ^ Feest, Christian. "Bibliography 1965-2015". Research Gate. Retrieved 1 December 2016.