Looking for History of Indian smoke shop development

Dear Friends,

In an effort to document and historically recognize the role of Indian smoke shops in the economic life of American Indians, I intend to produce a photo essay of Indian country’s smoke shops. In preparation for this project, I have visited several smoke shops to photographically record them for posterity and include observations and comments from owners, customers, or Indians who are interested in telling their stories about these economic islands of sovereign expression.

The result of my research will be a [tasteful and informative] catalogue of Indigenous America’s unique industry that will serve as a guide to further an understanding of American Indian contemporary life and their unique business accomplishments.

Currently, I am on sabbatical leave from the University to conduct research on Indian smoke shops throughout Indian country, primarily in the Southwestern quarter of the U.S. What I would appreciate from you are any photos, stories, or histories of your tribe’s smoke shop industry. Since it is physically impossible for me to cover every area of the country in my research I am calling upon friends and acquaintances to help out in any way they can.

I offer my sincerest thanks to all who participate in this scholarly undertaking, but I am especially indebted to America’s indigenous people who assist me in telling the story of the Indian smoke shop. Please send anything that you may consider important for this study via e-mail to me, or to:

Dr. Robert E. Sanderson
Sequoyah Research Center
301-A Ottenheimer Library
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099

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