Living with Strangers: The Nineteenth-Century Sioux and the Canadian-American Borderlands

Living with Strangers: The Nineteenth-Century Sioux and the Canadian-American Borderlands

by David G. McCrady
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803232500

ISBN-13: 9780803232501

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

The story of the Sioux who moved into the Canadian-American borderlands in the later years of the nineteenth century is told in its entirety for the first time here. Previous histories have been divided by national boundaries and have focused on the famous personages involved, paying scant attention to how Native peoples on both sides of the border reacted to the…  See more details below

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The story of the Sioux who moved into the Canadian-American borderlands in the later years of the nineteenth century is told in its entirety for the first time here. Previous histories have been divided by national boundaries and have focused on the famous personages involved, paying scant attention to how Native peoples on both sides of the border reacted to the arrival of the Sioux. Using material from archives across North America, Canadian and American government documents, Lakota winter counts, and oral history, Living with Strangers reveals how the nineteenth-century Sioux were a people of the borderlands.

The Sioux made great tactical use of the Canada–United States boundary. They traded with the Métis of Canada—often in contraband goods such as arms and ammunition—and tried to get better prices from European traders by drawing the Hudson’s Bay Company into competition with American traders. They opened negotiations with both Canadian and American officials to determine which government would accord them better treatment, and they used the boundary as a shield in times of warfare with the United States. Until now, the Canadian-American borderlands and the people who live there have remained a blind spot in Canadian and American nationalist historiographies. Living with Strangers takes readers beyond the traditional dichotomy of the Canadian and the American West and reveals significant and previously unknown strands in Sioux history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803232501
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : partitioning Sioux history1
2From contested ground to borderlands, 1752-18628
3The Dakota conflict of 1862 and the migration to the plains borderlands17
4The migration of the Sioux to the Milk River country31
5The Sioux, the surveyors, and the north-west mounted police, 1872-187449
6The Great Sioux War, 1876-187761
7The Lakotas and Metis at Wood Mountain, 1876-188176
8The failure of peace in Canada, 1878-188186
9Overview : the northern borderlands103

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