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Bringing Indians to the Book

Albert Furtwangler

Publication Year: 2005

Published by: University of Washington Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ix-xii

THIS BOOK HAS COME TOGETHER IN A SMALL, book-lined room in Salem, in a central neighborhood that still bears many reminders of the early Methodist mission in Oregon. Most Mondays I go to civic meetings at Jason Lee Manor, a nearby retirement home named for one of the first missionaries to settle in...

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pp. 3-11

MERIWETHER LEWIS AND WILLIAM CLARK LED THEIR expedition west of the Rockies for just one winter, left very few marks on the trail, and then went home. Years passed before their discoveries were properly published-after many awkward delays and complications. Although the two young captains managed...

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1. On the Authority of William Clark

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pp. 13-56

WILLIAM CLARK NEVER WENT BACK UP THE MISSOURI River to the Rockies after his famous expedition with Meriwether Lewis. Soon after his return in 1806 he settled in St. Louis and began a long career there as a chief officer of the federal government. President Jefferson made him a militia general, he...

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2. Columbia Rediviva

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pp. 57-114

AMERICAN CLAIMS TO THE PRESENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST began with Captain Robert Gray of Boston, who named the Columbia River soon after piloting his ship across its bar in 1792. Many other explorers had searched the north Pacific shoreline for a Northwest Passage, but Gray found what others had missed. He...

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3. The Bookish Invaders

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pp. 115-157

NORTHWEST INDIANS HAD LIVED FOR THOUSANDS OF years along the Columbia before explorers' ships appeared, to interrupt and upset their ways of doing things. They found comforts and fulfillment on their own terms, harvesting food plants, game, and fish; sustaining houses and villages for centuries; developing...

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4. Denying the Salmon God

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pp. 158-190

MISSIONARIES REGARDED INDIANS OF THE LOWER Columbia as very strange people. They were human beings, of course, and capable of achieving Christian salvation; otherwise the missions would have made no sense whatever. But they were also heathens, uncivilized, habituated to odd practices and beliefs. The...

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Appendix: The Disosway and Walker Letters

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pp. 191-200

THE FOLLOWING LETTERS BY GABRIEL DISOSWAY AND William Walker were published on the front page of The Christian Advocate and Journal for Friday, March 1,1833, and were the immediate cause of a movement to raise funds to send missionaries to the Columbia River region. They are reprinted here from that...


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pp. 203-209

Works Cited

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pp. 211-218

Index [Contains Image Plates]

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pp. 219-226

E-ISBN-13: 9780295802121
E-ISBN-10: 0295803053
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295985237
Print-ISBN-10: 0295985232

Publication Year: 2005

OCLC Number: 764565690
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  • Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific -- History.
  • Indians of North America -- Missions -- Northwest, Pacific.
  • Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific -- Religion.
  • Missionaries -- Northwest, Pacific -- History.
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