Christian F. Feest

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Christian Feest, 2015

Christian Fenimore Feest (born July 20, 1945 in Broumov , Czechoslovakia ) is an Austrian ethnologist .


Christian Feest studied at the University of Vienna and received his doctorate there in 1969 on the subject of “Virginia Algonkin 1570-1703. Ethnohistory and Historical Ethnography ”(the work is only available in typescript). He completed his habilitation in 1980 at the University of Vienna with a thesis on “ Drinking and Drunkenness in Indian North America. On the question of the social and cultural aspects of alcohol consumption ”. Against this background, he soon became a leading expert on the North American Indians .

From 1987 to 2007 he was editor of the Review of Native American Studies . He initially worked as an employee at the Museum of Ethnology in Vienna, then became Professor of Ethnology of North America at the University of Frankfurt am Main . From 2004 to 2010 he headed the Museum für Völkerkunde in Vienna and taught at the University of Vienna . Christian Feest has two brothers, Johannes Feest and Gerhard Gleich .

Works (selection)

as an author
  • Frederick Weygold. Artist and explorer of North American Indians . ZKF Publishers, Altenstadt 2017. ISBN 978-3-9818412-1-3 (together with C. Ronald Corum)
  • The power of fate, or: chance or necessity. How I came to ethnology (or it came to me) . In: Paideuma 60, pp. 7-23 (2014).
  • Animated worlds. The religions of the North American Indians . Herder, Freiburg / B. 2003, ISBN 3-451-28186-4 (Small Library of Religions; 9).
  • The Powhatan Tribes, Chelsea House, New York 1990. ISBN 0-7910-0395-7
  • The Art of War . Thames & Hudson, London 1980, ISBN 0-500-06010-X .
  • Native Arts of North America . Thames & Hudson, London 1980, ISBN 0-500-18179-9 . (2nd edition 1992)
  • The red America. North America's Indians . Europa-Verlag, Vienna 1976, ISBN 3-203-50577-0 .
as editor
  • Rainforest . Konrad Theiss Verlag, Darmstadt 2015. ISBN 978-3-8062-2799-4 (together with Christine Kron)
  • The old Mexican feather headdress . ZKF Publishers, Altenstadt 2012. ISBN 978-9811620-5-9 (together with Sabine Haag, Alfonso de Maria y Campos, Lilia Rivero Weber)
  • Indians. Native Americans. Lokschuppen, Rosenheim 2011. ISBN 978-3-00-033347-7
  • Sitting Bull and his world . Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 2009. ISBN 978-3-85497-153-5
  • Three Centuries of Woodlands Indian Art. ZKF Publishers, Altenstadt 2007. ISBN 978-3-9811620-0-4 (together with JCH King)
  • Premières Nations, Collections Royales. Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Musée du quai Branly, Paris 2007. ISBN 978-2-9151-3345-5
  • Indian Times. News from red America . Self-published, Altenstadt 2002, ISBN 3-00-009869-0 (catalog for the exhibition of the same name November 9, 2002 to August 31, 2003 Museum der Weltkulturen Frankfurt / M.)
  • Major works of ethnology (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 380). Kröner, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-520-38001-3 (together with Karl-Heinz Kohl ).
  • Cultures of the North American Indians . Könemann, Cologne 2000, ISBN 3-8290-0500-8
  • Technology and Ergology in Ethnology, Vol. 1 . 4th, completely revised edition Reimer, Berlin 1999 (together with Alfred Janata).
  • Indians and Europe . Rader, Aachen 1987 (Reprint: Lincoln, NE 1999: University of Nebraska Press)

Web links


  1. Brief excerpts of Austrian dissertations: Humanities and social sciences , Association of Scientific Societies Austria Verlag., 1973, p. 201.
  2. Sylvia S. Kasprycki: The things of faith. Menominees and Missionaries in Cultural Dialogue, 1830-1880 LIT Verlag Münster, 2006, p. 322 (accordingly unpublished habilitation thesis).