American Nations: Encounters in Indian Country, 1850 to the Present

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This volume brings together an impressive collection of important works covering nearly every aspect of early Native American history, from contact and exchange to diplomacy, religion, warfare, and disease.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The "tale about the triumph of civilization has played a central role in shaping the American national identity," contend Frederick E. Hoxie (A Final Promise), Peter C. Mancall (Valley of Opportunity) and James H. Merrell (The Indians' New World), editors of American Nations: Encounters in Indian Country, 1850 to the Present. Twenty-three essays by academics consider the historical, cultural, religious and political circumstances of various Native American peoples. Melissa L. Meyer presents "Signatures and Thumbprints: Ethnicity Among the White Earth Anishinaabeg"; Sergei Kan explores "Shamanism and Christianity: Modern Tlingit Elders Look at the Past"; Ward Churchill discusses "The Bloody Wake of Alcatraz: Political Repression of the American Indian Movement During the 1970s"; and Terence M. Cole addresses "Jim Crow in Alsaka: The Passage of the Alsaka Equal Rights Act of 1945." (Sept. 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Hoxie (Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America, 1805-1935), Peter Mancall (Deadly Medicine: Indians & Alcohol in Early America), and James Merrell (history, Vassar Coll.; Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier) have jointly edited this anthology of 23 articles, many of which were previously published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. While not interrelated, these essays illuminate the experiences of different Native American groups as they have maintained their unique ethnic identities while dealing with the U.S. government. Especially enlightening is an essay by Ward Churchill titled "The Bloody Wake of Alcatraz: Political Repression and the American Indian Movement During the 1970s," which examines the history of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and its conflict with the U.S. government. This timely article helps put Leonard Peltier's controversial incarceration for the murder of two FBI agents into context. Like its companion volume, American Encounters: Natives and Newcomers from European Contact to Indian Removal, 1500-1850 (LJ 11/15/99), this work is highly recommended for public libraries and is absolutely essential for all academic libraries supporting programs in Native American studies or American history. John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415927505
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 538
  • Sales rank: 932,619
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Merrell is the Lucy Maynard Professor at Vassar College. His books include The Indians' New World, the winner of the Bancroft and Frederick Jackson Turner prizes, and Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Colonial Pennsylvania Frontier. Peter Mancall is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. His book, Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History. Frederick Hoxie is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate Indians, 1880-1920 and Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Agency Amid Conquest, 1850-1900 1
1 The Navajo at Bosque Redondo: Cooperation, Resistance, and Initiative, 1864-1868 2
2 Crazy Horse and the End of the Great Sioux War 14
3 "I See What I Have Done": The Life and Murder Trial of Xwelas, a S'Klallam Woman 46
Pt. II Reservation Cultures, 1880-1930 63
4 Signatures and Thumbprints: Ethnicity among the White Earth Anishinaabeg, 1889-1920 64
5 Naalyehe Ba-Hooghan - "House of Merchandise": The Navajo Trading Post as an Institution of Cultural Change, 1900-1930 94
6 The Birth of the Reservation: Making the Modern Individual among the Lakota 110
Pt. III Gender and Culture Change 141
7 "Right in the Midst of My Own People": Native American Women and the Field Matron Program 142
8 "If We Get the Girls, We Get the Race": Missionary Education of Native American Girls 156
9 Making Savages of Us All: White Women, Pueblo Indians, and the Controversy over Indian Dances in the 1920s 172
Pt. IV Religious Innovation and Survival 199
10 Reservation Leadership and the Progressive-Traditional Dichotomy: William Wash and the Northern Utes, 1865-1928 200
11 Red Lilac of the Cayugas: Traditional Indian Law and Culture Conflict in a Witchcraft Trial in Buffalo, New York, 1930 220
12 Shamanism and Christianity: Modern Tlingit Elders Look at the Past 242
Pt. V Cultural and Political Transformations, 1900-1950 263
13 Exploring a Cultural Borderland: Native American Journeys of Discovery in the Early Twentieth Century 264
14 The Tribal Reorganization of the Stockbridge-Munsee: Essential Conditions in the Re-Creation of a Native American Community, 1930-1942 288
15 Jim Crow in Alaska: The Passage of the Alaska Equal Rights Act of 1945 312
Pt. VI Indian Activism and Cultural Resurgence 329
16 American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Politics and the Resurgence of Identity 330
17 "We Don't Want Your Rations, We Want This Dance": The Changing Use of Song and Dance on the Southern Plains 354
18 The Bloody Wake of Alcatraz: Political Repression of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s 374
19 Riding the Paper Tiger 410
Pt. VII Perspectives on Native America, 2000 431
20 "Our Lives Have Been Transmuted, Changed Forever" 432
21 Research, Redskins, and Reality 458
22 Gaming and Recent American Indian Economic Development 468
23 Native Americans in America: A Theoretical and Historical Overview 480
Further Reading 501
Notes on Contributors 505
Permissions Acknowledgments 507
Index 509
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