The Power of Promises: Rethinking Indian Treaties in the Pacific Northwest

The Power of Promises: Rethinking Indian Treaties in the Pacific Northwest

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ISBN-13: 9780295988399
Publisher: University of Washington Press and Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest
Publication date: 12/26/2008
Series: Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Biography Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alexandra Harmon is associate professor of American Indian studies at the University of Washington and author of Indians in the Making: Ethnic Relations and Indian Identities around Puget Sound. Other contributors are Robert Anderson, Russel Lawrence Barsh, Ravi de Costa, Andrew H. Fisher, Hamar Foster, Chris Friday, Alan Grove, Douglas C. Harris, Kent McNeil, Paige Raigmon, Arthur Ray, and Bruce Rigsby.

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Table of Contents

Foreword / John Borrows Introduction: Pacific Northwest Indian Treaties in National and International Historical Perspective / Alexandra Harmon

I. Colonial Conceits

Negotiated Sovereignty: Indian Treaties and the Acquisition of American and Canadian Territorial Rights in the Pacific Northwest / Kent McNeil

Unmaking Native Space: A Genealogy of Indian Policy, Settler Practice, and the Microtechniques of Dispossession / Paige Raibmon

II. Cross-Border Influences

"Trespassers on the Soil": United States v. Tom and a New Perspective on the Short History of Treaty Making in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia / Hamar Foster and Alan Grove

The Boldt Decision in Canada: Aboriginal Treaty Rights to Fish on the Pacific / Douglas C. Harris

III. Indigenous Interpretations and Responses

Performing Treaties: The Culture and Politics of Treaty Remembrance and Celebration / Chris Friday

Reserved for Whom? Defending and Defining Treaty Rights on the Columbia River, 1880-1920 / Andrew H. Fisher Ethnogenesis and Ethnonationalism from Competing Treaty Claims / Russel Lawrence Barsh

The Stevens Treaties, Indian Claims Commission Docket 264, and the Ancient One known as Kennewick Man / Bruce Rigsby

IV. Power Relations in Contemporary Forums

"History Wars" and Treaty Rights in Canada: A Canadian Case Study / Arthur J. Ray

History, Democracy, and Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia / Ravi de Costa

Treaty Substitutes in the Modern Era / Robert T. Anderson

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"This is a timely and important volume of essays all linked to the idea of treaties. It takes the unusual step of including historians, legal historians, and anthropologists from both sides of the Canada—-U.S. border, bringing new insights and approaches to scholars in both directions. Treaties, usually studied as texts in isolation, benefit from being gathered as a corpus and considered alongside the oral treaties that accompanied the written words."—John Sutton Lutz, University of Victoria

John Sutton Lutz

This is a timely and important volume of essays all linked to the idea of treaties. It takes the unusual step of including historians, legal historians, and anthropologists from both sides of the Canada—-U.S. border, bringing new insights and approaches to scholars in both directions. Treaties, usually studied as texts in isolation, benefit from being gathered as a corpus and considered alongside the oral treaties that accompanied the written words.

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