Frontier Diplomats: Alexander Culbertson and Natoyist-Siksina' among the Blackfeet

Overview

This dual biography highlights the human dimensions of the Upper Missouri fur trade. Focusing on two major figures, Alexander Culbertson (1809-1879), trader with the American Fur Company, founder of Fort Benton, and the first white American to live among the Blackfeet Indians, and his wife, Natoyist-Siksina’ (“Holy Snake”) (1825-1893), daughter of Two Suns, the chief of the Blood (Kainah) tribe, Lesley Wischmann shows the great influence this couple had on the region. Culbertson and Natoyist-Siksina’ worked ...

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Overview

This dual biography highlights the human dimensions of the Upper Missouri fur trade. Focusing on two major figures, Alexander Culbertson (1809-1879), trader with the American Fur Company, founder of Fort Benton, and the first white American to live among the Blackfeet Indians, and his wife, Natoyist-Siksina’ (“Holy Snake”) (1825-1893), daughter of Two Suns, the chief of the Blood (Kainah) tribe, Lesley Wischmann shows the great influence this couple had on the region. Culbertson and Natoyist-Siksina’ worked together for thirty years to promote cooperative relations between Native inhabitants and newly arrived white adventurers and played key roles in the Fort Laramie Treaty Conference of 1851 and treaty negotiations with the Blackfeet tribes in 1855. As she tells the story of these “frontier diplomats,” Wischmann also challenges conventional wisdom about the character of fur traders, the nature of the Blackfeet, and the role of Indian women.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806136073
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,148,294
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Wischmann is a freelance writer specializing in western history and a lecturer for the Wyoming Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. He is also the author of Frontier Diplomats: Alexander Culbertson and Natoyist-Siksina’ among the Blackfeet

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
1 Pleased that I was so manly 25
2 If you will send Traders, we will treat them well 35
3 This is your land 49
4 You are too diffident of your own powers 59
5 Nothing but melancholy wrecks of human life 67
6 Let your heart be liberal 77
7 Be without a woman at this moon of next summer 85
8 No one can ask for more politeness 97
9 I am going to kill you 109
10 The ground has been made good again 119
11 When a Nation becomes addicted to drinking 127
12 For the love of God, do not abandon these souls! 141
13 Lending influence to perpetuate superstitions 149
14 The ball passing a few inches to the right of Culbertson's face 161
15 Without a single flower to speak pleasant things to you 171
16 A trifling compensation for this right of way 185
17 We do not want your land 199
18 What will become of the aborigines? 209
19 These hitherto neglected tribes 221
20 Gradually reclaim the Indians from a nomadic life 243
21 The Buffalo will not continue forever 255
22 To help stabilize the family 269
23 The strength and importance of the white man 285
24 Provoked by numerous injustices and misdeeds 299
25 A fresh and furious was has broken out 313
26 Tell Baker to strike them Hard 327
27 We will remain and see the whole affair through 341
28 They yielded the palm to Madame 357
Epilogue: Whatever is kept in memory still endures 371
Bibliography 377
Index 391
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