Emma Cape


Position Title
M.A. Student


Emma is of Ojibwe and Lenape descent and was born and raised on Kaw, Comanche, Osage and Pawnee land in what is now Great Bend, Kansas. She is a first-year Master’s student in Native American Studies, having spent the last four years completing her undergraduate degree in English and American Studies with concentration in Native American Studies at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

Her current research interests include blood memory as it relates to understanding and defining one’s “home,” language revitalization, and land rematriation and stewardship, but she’s excited to expand her interests further as she begins her program. She also has a particular love for reading and writing poetry.

Education and Degree(s)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Amherst College, 2022
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “Finding a way, again, to the river”: Indigenous Women’s Remembrance through Narratives of Return, Rebirth and Revitalization
Honors and Awards
  • Native American Studies Graduate Program Fellowship, University of California Davis, 2022
  • Amherst College Memorial Fellowship, Amherst College, 2022
  • Henry P. Field Fellowship in English, Amherst College, 2022
  • Obed Finch Slingerland Memorial Prize, Amherst College, 2022
  • The Samuel Walley Brown Scholarship, Amherst College, 2021
  • The Corbin Prize, Amherst College, 2021
  • Five College Poetry Slam Champion, The Emily Dickinson Museum/Amherst College, 2021
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Amherst College, 2020
  • The Harry Richmond Hunter, Jr. Prize, Amherst College, 2020
  • Humanities Department Excellence Award in American Indian and White Relations to 1865, The University of Kansas, 2018
  • Poetry recently published by Cornell University, University of California Santa Barbara, and Mary Baldwin University
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