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A Companion to American Indian History

Philip Deloria (Editor), Neal Salisbury (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-2131-6
528 pages
March 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to American Indian History captures the thematic breadth of Native American history over the last forty years. Twenty-five original essays by leading scholars in the field, both American Indian and non-American Indian, bring an exciting modern perspective to Native American histories that were at one time related exclusively by Euro-American settlers.

  • Contains 25 original essays by leading experts in Native American history.
  • Covers the breadth of American Indian history, including contacts with settlers, religion, family, economy, law, education, gender issues, and culture.
  • Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic.
  • Summarizes current debates and anticipates future concerns.
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List of Contributors vii

Introduction 1

1 Historiography 6
Philip J. Deloria

PART ONE: CONTACTS 25

2 First Contacts 27
John E. Kicza

3 Wag the Imperial Dog: Indians and Overseas Empires in North America, 1650–1776 46
Gregory Evans Dowd

4 Health, Disease, and Demography 68
Russell Thornton

PART TWO: NATIVE PRACTICE AND BELIEF 85

5 Native American Systems of Knowledge 87
Clara Sue Kidwell

6 Native American Spirituality: History, Theory, and Reformulation 103
Lee Irwin

7 Indians and Christianity 121
Willard Hughes Rollings

8 Kinship, Family Kindreds, and Community 139
Jay Miller

9 American Indian Warfare: The Cycles of Conflict and the Militarization of Native North America 154
Tom Holm

PART THREE: LANGUAGE, IDENTITY, and EXPRESSION 173

10 Languages: Linguistic Change and the Study of Indian Languages from Colonial Times to the Present 175
Regna Darnell

11 Performative Traditions in American Indian History 193
L. G. Moses

12 Indigenous Art: Creating Value and Sharing Beauty 209
Nancy Parezo

13 Native American Literatures 234
P. Jane Hafen

14 Wanted: More Histories of Indian Identity 248
Alexandra Harmon

PART FOUR: EXCHANGE AND SOCIAL RELATIONS 267

15 Labor and Exchange in American Indian History 269
Patricia Albers

16 The Nature of Conquest: Indians, Americans, and Environmental History 287
Louis S. Warren

17 Gender in Native America 307
Betty Bell

18 Métis, Mestizo, and Mixed-Blood 321
Jennifer Brown and Theresa Schenck

19 Transforming Outsiders: Captivity, Adoption, and Slavery Reconsidered 339
Pauline Turner Strong

20 Translation and Cultural Brokerage 357
Eric Hinderaker

PART FIVE: GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS 377

21 Federal and State Policies and American Indians 379
Donald Fixico

22 Native Americans and the United States, Canada, and Mexico 397
R. David Edmunds

23 American Indian Education: by Indians versus for Indians 422
K. Tsianina Lomawaima

24 Indian Law, Sovereignty, and State Law: Native People and the Law 441
Sidney L. Harring

25 Sovereignty 460
Taiaiake Alfred

Bibliography 475

Index 495

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Philip J. Deloria is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. A member of a prominent Dakota family, he received his PhD from Yale University in 1994. In addition to numerous articles and essays, he is the author of Playing Indian (1998).

Neal Salisbury is Professor of History at Smith College. He is the author of Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England (1982), and co-author of The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People (fourth edition, 2000).

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  • Contains 25 original essays by leading experts in Native American history.
  • Covers the breadth of American Indian history, including contacts with settlers, religion, family, economy, law, education, gender issues, and culture.
  • Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every important era and topic.
  • Summarizes current debates and anticipates future concerns.
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"Philip Deloria and Neal Salisbury have brought together some of the best scholars writing about American Indian peoples and given them topics that both reflect and expand the new scholarship on Indian history and culture. The volume is a virtual compass for readers and scholars interested in American Indians." Richard White, Stanford University <!--end-->

"If you need to know where the practice of American Indian history has been; better yet, if you need and want to catch up with where it's going, you will need A Companion to American Indian History. Each essay, in its own right, gives an important stylistic and substantive shove to the new writing of American Indian history while it offers the latest, best word in dutiful exegetical historiography. The Companion is the bridge-building, critical, enlightened, reflexive work the editors hoped for, and more, since its bridge-dynamiting challenges to Indian history are graceful and graciously delivered." Rayna Green, National Museum of American History.

"Historians are exceedingly well served by this companion on Native peoples of the USA, north-western Mexico, Canada and Western Greenland." Antiquity

"This volume testifies to the strength and comprehensiveness of the "Blackwell Companions to American History" series... The selection of writers and topics is excellent, and the quality of the historiographical essays matches or supersedes the spate of recently published books that have attempted similar tasks... The essays go beyond a mere listing of sources to intelligently integrate shifts in interpretation over time and to indicate weaknesses in the existing canon of knowledge. Academic researchers, general readers, and members of Native American communities can all profit from these sophisticated essays... this reference work deserves a place in all libraries, and it should be widely used to spaark further debate." Choice

"I heartily endorse this anthology as a textbook for graduate and undergraduate classes, and as a refresher for anyone seriously interested in Native American studies." John H. Moore, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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