Daniel Usner is the Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in a Frontier Exchange Economy(University of North Carolina Press, 1992), American Indians in the Lower Mississippi Valley: Social and Economic Histories (University of Nebraska Press, 1998), Indian Work: Language and Livelihood in American Indian History (Harvard University Press, 2009), Weaving Alliances with Other Women: Chitimacha Indian Work in the New South (University of Georgia Press, 2015), and American Indians in Early New Orleans: From Calumet to Raquette (Louisiana State University Press, 2018). Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2002, Usner taught for two decades at Cornell University, where he also served as Director of its American Indian Program. He was president of the American Society for Ethnohistory in 2010–11. Usner’s current project is “From Bayou Teche to Fifth Avenue: How Chitimacha Basket Diplomacy Saved an Indian Nation.” During his stay at Bard Graduate Center, he will concentrate on the long-term effects that prized river-cane baskets woven by Chitimacha Indian women during the early 20th century had both outside and inside their community. Long after objects highly regarded by anthropologists and collectors left south Louisiana, they carried out important aesthetic and political work—contributing to the Chitimachas’ recovery of federal recognition and the persistence of their identity and culture.