The Rumble of a Distant Drum: The Quapaws and the Old World Newcomers, 1673-1804 / Edition 1

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A specialist in colonial Arkansas, US Circuit Judge Arnold draws on archival material and such primary evidence as buffalo robes to reconstruct over a century of interactions between native people and French and Spanish explorers at Arkansas Post. He finds that particularly the Quapaws and the French created a highly symbiotic society that linked the two peoples through intermarriage, trade, religious practice, and political and military alliances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Arnold, United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit and author of Unequal Laws unto a Savage Race: European Legal Traditions in Arkansas, 1686-1836, has produced a meticulously researched monograph that focuses on the Quapaw and their relationship with both the French and, to a lesser degree, the Spanish in what was then known as Arkansas Post. It illuminates how the Quapaw and their European neighbors essentially created a New World through accommodation and acculturation. It also shows that despite the stress put on their society by the arrival of European settlers, the Quapaw succeeded in maintaining their ethnic identity. This book supersedes W. David Baird's The Quapaw Indians: A History of the Downstream People (1980) as the best book on the subject and is highly recommended for library collections focusing on Native American studies and Southern history.--John Burch, Cumberland Coll. Lib., Williamsburg, KY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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The Rumble Of A Distant Drum is a research work on the founding, flourishing, and fall of Arkansas Post, the first European settlement (1686) in Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase. Precariously perched on the banks of the lower Arkansas River, the history of the French outpost founded by Henry de Tonty presents many convincing examples of peaceful and productive coexistence and symbiotic interaction between the Quapaws and Frenchmen in five to six generations. Both culture's languages and bloods intermixed in this time span. Based on traditional archival research and also including a finely detailed interpretation of an 18th century Quapaws painted buffalo robe currently at Musee de l'Homme in Paris, The Rumble Of A Distant Drum is an elegantly written scholarly interpretive summary of Quapaw culture and history as viewed through European sources. Arnold portrays the Quapaws as rational economic actors, not stereotypic noble savages. Carefully examining all available preconceptions, Arnold posits nothing without solid foundation. He concludes that this was a biracial interrelationship of its time characterized by balance and respect despite heavy population losses (Indian) due to disease and historic racist tendencies of the Europeans. The Rumble Of A Distant Drum is a fascinating book to read as well as a great contribution to this period of Native American studies. Students of anthropology, early American art, and history of this area will be intrigued.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557285904
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Historical Masterpiece, Entertaining

    This work provides the reader enough depth to place themselves in the 17 and 18th century. No book of it's kind permits the reader the experience of 125 years of life in a few short hours. Technical as it is, nothing is lost in the seemingly endless flow of Arnold's lexis.

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