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Plains Indian history and culture : essays on continuity and change
Ewers, John C. (John Canfield), 1909-1997.
Publication Information:
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [1997]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
When red and white men met -- Indian views of the white man prior to 1850: an interpretation -- The influence of the fur trade upon the Indians of the northern plains -- The use of artifacts and pictures in the study of plains Indian history, art and religion -- The influence of epidemics on the Indian populations and cultures of Texas -- Symbols of chiefly authority in Spanish Louisiana --- Climate, acculturation, and costume: a history of women's clothing among the Indians of the southern plains -- Folk art in the fur trade of the upper Missouri -- Intertribal warfare as the presursor of Indian-white warfare on the northern great plains -- The making and uses of maps by plains Indian warriors -- Women's roles in plains Indian warfare -- The white man's strongest medicine.
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E78.G73 E928 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The author has drawn on interviews collected during a quarter-century of fieldwork with Indian elders, who in recalling their own experiences during the buffalo days, revealed unique insights into Plains Indian life. Ewers uses his expertise in examining Indian-made artifacts and drawings as well as photographs taken by non-Indian artists who had firsthand contact with Indians. He also has researched unpublished documents in archives and museums as well as previously published contemporary accounts. Ewers explores the role of women in Plains Indian life, including warfare. He throws new light on important changes in Plains Indian culture, on the history of intertribal relations, and on Indian relations with whites - traders, missionaries, soldiers, settlers, and the U.S. Government. Written by the dean of American ethno-history for a new generation of scholars and for general readers with an interest in Indian history, Plains Indian History and Culture reveals Indian attitudes toward other Indians and toward whites during the nineteenth century - when Plains Indian life was to change forever.