Nebraska Authors

Mark Awakuni-Swetland

AKA: Mark Swetland

Died 2015
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Long time lecturer and associate professor of anthropology at UNL, Awakuni-Swetland created the University's native/indigenous languages program and working with his adoptive aunt, Elizabeth Stabler, created an Omaha language vocabulary that served as the basis for the Omaha-Ponca Digital Dictionary.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Omaha Tribe Language and Culture; Native American language;


Pius X High School, Lincoln, NE
BA and MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
PhD, University of Oklahoma


Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Umo Ho Ithae Te --Umo Ho Bthi (I Speak Omaha - I Am Omaha). 2003. In HR
Dance Lodges of the Omaha People: Building from Memory. (Introduction by Roger Welsch), 2001, 2008. In HR

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