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A Companion to American Indian History by Philip J. Deloria, Neal Salisbury

By Philip J. Deloria, Neal Salisbury

A better half to American Indian background captures the thematic breadth of local American background. Twenty-five unique essays written via top students, either American Indian and non-American Indian, convey a accomplished point of view to a background that previously has been similar completely by way of Euro-Americans.

The essays hide quite a lot of Indian studies and practices, together with contacts with non-Indians, faith, relations, economic system, legislations, schooling, gender, and tradition. They mirror new methods to local the US drawn from environmental, comparative, and gender background of their exploration of compelling questions concerning functionality, identification, cultural brokerage, race and blood, captivity, adoption, and slavery. every one bankruptcy additionally encourages extra interpreting via together with a delicately chosen bibliography.

Intended for college students, students, and basic readers of yank Indian historical past, this well timed booklet is the best advisor to present and destiny learn.

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While the indigenous population plummeted, English immigrants continued to arrive in substantial numbers, ever worsening the ratio between the two groups. In the second half of the 1630s, the settlers undertook a major military campaign against the resolutely independent Pequots. The tribe was nearly eliminated, with those not killed being sold into slavery and a remnant group fleeing from the region. Long dominated by the ideological heirs of the New England Puritans, the historiography of early Indian–European encounters in New England broke open in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Some of the most interesting scholarship in this area focuses on the meetings of Europeans and Pacific Islanders (Dening, 1980; Sahlins, 1995; Obeyesekere, 1992), and its insights have made their way into Americanist studies. , 1997). Such innovations in cultural analysis, however, remain necessarily undergirded by considerations of military, social, economic, and biological power. When Europeans coveted the lands, precious metals, or labor resources of the indigenous societies, they sought to subordinate Indians.

Such scholarship recognizes the need to both dissolve and reassert boundaries at the same time. Writing contemporary Indian history requires a creative weaving together of contradictions. First, the political demands made by those concerned with colonial/postcolonial issues require any historian – Indian or non-Indian – to engage in a self-reflexive consideration of difference in the epistemology of history. How are Indian people and Indian histories different, both in terms of the past and in terms of the project at hand?

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