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A Companion to American Indian History (Blackwell Companions to American History)

 
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A Companion to American Indian History (Blackwell Companions to American History)

A Companion to American Indian History captures the thematic breadth of Native American history. Twenty-five original essays written by leading scholars, both American Indian and non-American Indian, bring a comprehensive perspective to a history that in the past has been related exclusively by Euro-Americans.

The essays cover a wide range of Indian experiences and practices, including contacts with non-Indians, religion, family, economy, law, education, gender, and culture. They reflect new approaches to Native America drawn from environmental, comparative, and gender history in their exploration of compelling questions regarding performance, identity, cultural brokerage, race and blood, captivity, adoption, and slavery. Each chapter also encourages further reading by including a carefully selected bibliography.

Intended for students, scholars, and general readers of American Indian history, this timely book is the ideal guide to current and future research.


Content

List of Contributors

Introduction

1 Historiography


PART ONE: CONTACTS

2 First Contacts

3 Wag the Imperial Dog: Indians and Overseas Empires in North America, 1650Ц1776

4 Health, Disease, and Demography


PART TWO: NATIVE PRACTICE AND BELIEF

5 Native American Systems of Knowledge

6 Native American Spirituality: History, Theory, and Reformulation

7 Indians and Christianity

8 Kinship, Family Kindreds, and Community

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


PART THREE: LANGUAGE, IDENTITY, and EXPRESSION

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

11 Performative Traditions in American Indian History

12 Indigenous Art: Creating Value and Sharing Beauty

13 Native American Literatures

14 Wanted: More Histories of Indian Identity


PART FOUR: EXCHANGE AND SOCIAL RELATIONS

15 Labor and Exchange in American Indian History

16 The Nature of Conquest: Indians, Americans, and Environmental History

17 Gender in Native America

18 Mйtis, Mestizo, and Mixed-Blood

19 Transforming Outsiders: Captivity, Adoption, and Slavery Reconsidered

20 Translation and Cultural Brokerage


PART FIVE: GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

21 Federal and State Policies and American Indians

22 Native Americans and the United States, Canada, and Mexico

23 American Indian Education: by Indians versus for Indians

24 Indian Law, Sovereignty, and State Law: Native People and the Law

25 Sovereignty


Bibliography

Index




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