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Overview

Placing American Indians in the center of the story, Restoring a Presence relates an entirely new history of Yellowstone National Park.

Although new laws have been enacted giving American Indians access to resources on public lands, Yellowstone historically has excluded Indians and their needs from its mission. Each of the other flagship national parks—Glacier, Yosemite, Mesa Verde, and Grand Canyon—has had successful long-term relationships with American Indian groups even as it has sought to emulate Yellowstone in other dimensions of national park administration.

In the first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone, Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf seek to correct this administrative disparity. Drawing from archaeological records, Indian testimony, tribal archives, and collections of early artifacts from the Park, the authors trace the interactions of nearly a dozen Indian groups with each of Yellowstone’s four geographic regions.

Restoring a Presence is illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs and maps and features narratives on subjects ranging from traditional Indian uses of plant, mineral, and animal resources to conflicts involving the Nez Perce, Bannock, and Sheep Eater peoples. By considering the many roles Indians have played in the complex history of the Yellowstone region, authors Nabokov and Loendorf provide a basis on which the National Park Service and other federal agencies can develop more effective relationships with Indian groups in the Yellowstone region.

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Editorial Reviews

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Nabokov (world arts & cultures, UCLA; A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History) and Loendorf (anthropology, New Mexico State Univ.; Ancient Visions: Petroglyphs and Pictographs from the Wind River and Big Horn Country; Wyoming and Montana) bring their considerable experience with Rocky Mountain native peoples to bear on the question of how extensively American Indians had historically made use of lands within the world's first national park. This comprehensive study was first published by the Yellowstone Center for Resources, National Park Service in 2002. In this trade edition, a rather mild summary chapter designed to meet government contract requirements is replaced with a new, more forceful chapter of the authors' expanded conclusions. Not included are five useful reference appendixes. In either form, Nabokov and Loendorf's study has much greater scholarly depth than Joel C. Janetski's general overview, Indians in Yellowstone National Park. Enthusiastically recommended for academic, research, and public libraries with interests in Native American and national parks history.-Nathan E. Bender, Buffalo Bill Historical Ctr., Cody, WY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806135892
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 565,307
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Nabokov is Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and author of A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History.�

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Occupants on the East : the Crow 40
Ch. 2 Wayfarers from the North : the Blackfeet and Flathead 85
Ch. 3 Residents in the Highlands : the Sheep Eaters 128
Ch. 4 Visitors on the West : the Bannock and Nez Perce 201
Ch. 5 Sojourners from the South : the Shoshone 249
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