Faculty Profile

Wade Davies

Wade Davies

Professor, Guitar/Vocals

Email: wade.davies@mso.umt.edu
Office: NAC 203A



  • National Institue for Staff and Organization Development Award for Teaching Excellence, for teaching services at San Juan College, New Mexico
  • New Mexico Region of Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Jimmy Miller Advisor Hall of Honor Award
  • Past Appointments:
  • Instructor of History, San Juan College
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
  • Instructor of American Studies, Phoenix College

Research Interests

History of American Indian sporting traditions, Indian basketball in particular Past: Navajo efforts to utilize traditional and Western healing ways.

Field of Study

Navajo health and healing, Native American sports and games

Selected Publications

Co-edited with Rich Clow and Submitted to Scarecrow Press, American Indian Sovereignty and Law: An Annotated Bibliography

Co-authored with Rich Clow, “The St. Francis Mission Indians and the National Interscholastic Catholic Basketball Tournament, 1924-1941.” The International Journal of the History of Sport,23 (March 2006): 213-31.

Entries on professional basketball, college basketball and college sports for an encyclopedia of the 1940’s.

“Western Medicine and Navajo Healing: Conflict and Compromise” in ed. Robert Johnston, The Politics of Healing. New York: Routledge Press, pp. 83-94.

“Clyde James”; “Egbert Ward”; “Wilson Charles” in ed. C.Richard King, Encyclopedia of Native Americans and Sports. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharp Inc.

Healing Ways: Navajo Health Care in the Twentieth Century. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

“Cornell’s Field Seminar in Applied Anthropology: Social Scientists and American Indians in the Post-war Southwest.” Journal of the Southwest, 43 (Autumn 2001): 317-41.

Co-Author with Peter Iverson. “American-Indian Identities in the Twentieth Century.” Organization of American Historians, Magazine of History, 9 (Summer 1995): 15-21.

Academic journal reviews of the following books: Colleen O’Neill, Working the Navajo Way: Labor and Culture in the Twentieth Century; Betty Basien, Blackfoot Ways of Knowing; E. Richard Hart, Pedro Pine: Governor of Zuni Pueblo, 1830-1878; Warren Metcalf, Termination’s Legacy: The Utah Indian Experience; Robert S. McPherson, Navajo Land, Navajo Culture: The Spirit of Pestilence; William Hass Moore, Chiefs, Agents & Soldiers: Conflict on the Navajo Frontier; Garrick Bailey and Roberta Glenn Bailey, A History of the Navajos: The Reservation Years; Laura Graves, Thomas Varker Keam, Indian Trader; Kathleen P. Chamberlain, Under Sacred Ground: A History of Navajo Oil, 1922-1982; Jere’ Bishop Franco, Crossing the Pond: Tha Native American Effort in World War II; and Robert H. Keller and Michael F. Turek, American Indians and National Parks.

“Fred Begay,” in Notable Native Americans, ed. Sharon Malinowski. Detroit: Gale Research, 27-28.

(Work in Progress) Book project on the history of American Indian basketball from 1891 to 1950.

Chair Director Departments

Native American Studies



  • Native American sports and games presentations to local schools, connected to the Indian Education for All
  • Montana representative for the Membership Committee of the Organization of American Historians
  • Peer reviewer for academic journals and publishers
  • Advisory Board Member for the Project Literacy Education and Teacher Training for Excellent Reservation Schools (LETTERS)
  • Co-Advisor to WaYaWa, Native American Education Society
  • Co-Advisor to Kyi-Yo, Native American Student Organization