By Michael G Johnson, Richard Hook
The wooded area cultural components of the jap 1/2 the US has been crucial in shaping its heritage. This quantity info the heritage, tradition and conflicts of the 'Woodland' Indians, a reputation assigned to all of the tribes dwelling east of the Mississippi River among the Gulf of Mexico and James Bay, together with the Siouans, Iroquians, and Algonkians. In at the least 3 significant battles among Indian and Euro-American army forces extra squaddies have been killed than on the conflict of Little Bighorn in 1876, whilst George Custer misplaced his command. by way of a variety of illustrations and images, together with 8 complete web page color plates by means of Richard Hook, this identify explores the heritage and tradition of the yankee wooded area Indians.
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W. Schultz, My Life as an Indian (l g07; reprint, New York: Fawcett Columbine, I g81), g-lO. Ig By the early twentieth century, such idealized portraits of bygone Plains Indian life as well as stories of white men "gone native" were in creasingly common. When Schultz penned My Life as an Indian, how ever, they had only recently become popular. Indeed, a few decades earlier, the thought of living with Indians would have inspired most Eu ropean Americans with unspeakable terror and disdain. 3 "The Indian, in his savage nature," Pearce writes, "stood ,, everywhere as a challenge to order and reason and civilization.
In all these conflicts, race loomed large. By the end of the century, mainstream America thus confronted critical problems: What was the nature of American national identity? How could the Anglo-American middle classes retain power in this rapidly changing society? And was it possible to reconcile a history 5 Though problematic, James Mooney's The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak oj 1890 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1 965) remains the classic account of the events leading up to the Wounded Knee massacre.
Note also the equivalence of the Indian and the pioneer in this fIrst phase. Together, they constitute the white nation's foundations. " But the narrative served another pur pose as well. Not only did it naturalize European-American dominance by placing Native peoples in the historical past, it also contributed to a conception of American identity that differentiated it from its European roots. White America "owned" Native America; it appropriated Native 34 I GOING NATIVE America for its national past.