Diplomats in Buckskins: A History of Indian Delegations in Washington City

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"Here is...one of the most important books in modern times on Indian-white relations." —-Western Historical Quarterly

"Dr. Viola has...provided us with what will undoubtedly be the last word on the topic." —-American Indian Quarterly

"Diplomats in Buckskins is loaded with historical fact, but this does not make it dry reading. Beyond being extremely entertained we can be educated by a work that tells us a lot more about ourselves as a nation. We are a people of so many origins. ...

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Overview

"Here is...one of the most important books in modern times on Indian-white relations." —-Western Historical Quarterly

"Dr. Viola has...provided us with what will undoubtedly be the last word on the topic." —-American Indian Quarterly

"Diplomats in Buckskins is loaded with historical fact, but this does not make it dry reading. Beyond being extremely entertained we can be educated by a work that tells us a lot more about ourselves as a nation. We are a people of so many origins. It gives perspective to know that a part of us once negotiated with another part as separate and soverign nations." —-Minnesota History

"This volume is a soundly-represented and imaginative study of the delegations of tribal representatives who visited Washington largely between 1800 and 1900....The diligence with which Dr. Viola pursued his research has enabled him to write a most rewarding book which captures the agonies and pleasures, successes and defeats, and humor and pathos of the delegates as they conferred with Washington's sympathetic bur mostly patronizing and diffident bureaucracy." —-Journal of the West

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806199351
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman J. Viola is Director of Quincentenary Programs in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
I Prologue: Delegations in the Colonial Period 13
II Invitation to Washington 22
III Unauthorized Delegations 42
IV Financing the Delegations 54
V The Indian Dramatis Personae 69
VI Meeting the Great Father 94
VII Indian Life in the Capital City 113
VIII Excursions and Diversions 134
IX Aches and Ailments 152
X Indian Delegations and the Arts and Sciences 168
XI Epilogue: Delegations in the Twentieth Century 190
Notes 200
Bibliography 219
Index 226
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