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April 2, 2013

Former Centerville native publishes book

CENTERVILLE — Dr. Thomas W. Hill, a 1962 graduate of Centerville High School, and the son of longtime Centerville teacher and tutor, Grayce Easton Hill, has published a book entitled “Native American Drinking: Life Styles, Alcohol Use, Drunken Comportment, Problem Drinking, and the Peyote Religion.”

The book, which is geared toward both academic audiences and the wider public, offers a comprehensive look at Native American drinking using the Indians of Sioux City and the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) tribe of Nebraska as examples. It starts with an overview of the manner in which anthropologists and historians have described and interpreted heavy drinking in situations of culture contact and then moves to examine a number of issues relevant to contemporary Indians.

Hill is professor emeritus at the University of Northern Iowa and the former head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. He splits his time between Cedar Falls and Lansing.  

The book is published by New University Press and is available from amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.

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