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Overview

A Companion to American Indian History captures the thematic breadth of Native American history over the last forty years. Twenty-five original essays by leading scholars in the field, both American Indian and non-American Indian, bring an exciting modern perspective to Native American histories that were at one time related exclusively by Euro-American settlers.
  • Contains 25 original essays by leading experts in Native American history.
  • Covers the breadth of American Indian history, including contacts with settlers, religion, family, economy, law, education, gender issues, and culture.
  • Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic.
  • Summarizes current debates and anticipates future concerns.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Philip Deloria and Neal Salisbury have brought together some of the best scholars writing about American Indian peoples and given them topics that both reflect and expand the new scholarship on Indian history and culture. The volume is a virtual compass for readers and scholars interested in American Indians." Richard White, Stanford University

"If you need to know where the practice of American Indian history has been; better yet, if you need and want to catch up with where it's going, you will need A Companion to American Indian History. Each essay, in its own right, gives an important stylistic and substantive shove to the new writing of American Indian history while it offers the latest, best word in dutiful exegetical historiography. The Companion is the bridge-building, critical, enlightened, reflexive work the editors hoped for, and more, since its bridge-dynamiting challenges to Indian history are graceful and graciously delivered." Rayna Green, National Museum of American History.

"Historians are exceedingly well served by this companion on Native peoples of the USA, north-western Mexico, Canada and Western Greenland." Antiquity

"This volume testifies to the strength and comprehensiveness of the "Blackwell Companions to American History" series... The selection of writers and topics is excellent, and the quality of the historiographical essays matches or supersedes the spate of recently published books that have attempted similar tasks... The essays go beyond a mere listing of sources to intelligently integrate shifts in interpretation over time and to indicate weaknesses in the existing canon of knowledge. Academic researchers, general readers, and members of Native American communities can all profit from these sophisticated essays... this reference work deserves a place in all libraries, and it should be widely used to spaark further debate." Choice

"I heartily endorse this anthology as a textbook for graduate and undergraduate classes, and as a refresher for anyone seriously interested in Native American studies." John H. Moore, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Meet the Author

Philip J. Deloria is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. A member of a prominent Dakota family, he received his PhD from Yale University in 1994. In addition to numerous articles and essays, he is the author of Playing Indian (1998).

Neal Salisbury is Professor of History at Smith College. He is the author of Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England (1982), and co-author of The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People (fourth edition, 2000).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii
Introduction 1
1 Historiography 6
Part 1 Contacts 25
2 First Contacts 27
3 Wag the Imperial Dog: Indians and Overseas Empires in North America, 1650-1776 46
4 Health, Disease, and Demography 68
Part 2 Native Practice and Belief 85
5 Native American Systems of Knowledge 87
6 Native American Spirituality: History, Theory, and Reformulation 103
7 Indians and Christianity 121
8 Kinship, Family Kindreds, and Community 139
9 American Indian Warfare: The Cycles of Conflict and the Militarization of Native North America 154
Part 3 Language, Identity, and Expression 173
10 Languages: Linguistic Change and the Study of Indian Languages from Colonial Times to the Present 175
11 Performative Traditions in American Indian History 193
12 Indigenous Art: Creating Value and Sharing Beauty 209
13 Native American Literatures 234
14 Wanted: More Histories of Indian Identity 248
Part 4 Exchange and Social Relations 267
15 Labor and Exchange in American Indian History 269
16 The Nature of Conquest: Indians, Americans, and Environmental History 287
17 Gender in Native America 307
18 Metis, Mestizo, and Mixed-Blood 321
19 Transforming Outsiders: Captivity, Adoption, and Slavery Reconsidered 339
20 Translation and Cultural Brokerage 357
Part 5 Governmental Relations 377
21 Federal and State Policies and American Indians 379
22 Native Americans and the United States, Canada, and Mexico 397
23 American Indian Education: by Indians versus for Indians 422
24 Indian Law, Sovereignty, and State Law: Native People and the Law 441
25 Soverignty 460
Bibliography 475
Index 495
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