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Kiowa Humanity and the Invasion of the State

Jacki Thompson Rand

Publication Year: 2008

Kiowa Humanity and the Invasion of the State illuminates the ways in which Kiowas on the southern plains dealt with the U.S. government’s efforts to control them after they were forced onto a reservation by an 1867 treaty. The overarching effects of colonial domination resembled those suffered by other Native groups at the time—a considerable loss of land and population decline, as well as a continual erosion of the Kiowas’ political, cultural, economic, and religious sovereignty and traditions. Although readily acknowledging these far-reaching consequences, Jacki Thompson Rand sees the root impact of colonialism and the concomitant Kiowa responses as centered less on policy disputes than on the disruptions to their daily life and to their humanity. Colonialism attacked the Kiowas on the most human, everyday level—through starvation, outbreaks of smallpox, emotional disorientation, and continual difficulties in securing clothing and shelter, and the Kiowas’ responses and  counterassertions of sovereignty thus tended to focus on efforts to feed their people, sustain the physical community, and preserve psychic equilibrium.
 
Offering a fresh, original view of Native responses to colonialism, this study demonstrates amply that Native struggles against the encroachment of the state go well beyond armed resistance and political strategizing. Rand shows that the Native response was born of everyday survival and the yearning for well-being and community

Published by: University of Nebraska Press

Contents

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pp. v-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-ix

Having completed the manuscript, I can look back and see the debt I have racked up over the years. This debt, unlike the national debt, second mortgages, and credit card debt, is the good kind, a consequence...

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Chapter 1. The American Problem

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pp. 1-10

While working on this project I read Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz.1 Levi was an Italian Jew caught in the Nazi net near the end of World War II. He spent ten months at Auschwitz...

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Chapter 2. The Kiowa Scheme of Life

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pp. 11-32

Before their lives were irreversibly disrupted and transformed by the invasion of the United States and its forces, the Kiowa people enjoyed considerable freedom of movement, an independent means...

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Chapter 3. Values of the State and U.S. Indian Policy

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pp. 33-57

On October 21, 1867, the United States and Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache tribes entered into a treaty that called for peace and established a reservation carved out of lands in southern Indian...

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Chapter 4. Young Kiowa Men, Kiowa Social Values, and the Politics of Rations

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pp. 58-92

Throughout the 1850s and well into the 1860s two developments significantly advanced the United States' plan to overcome the Kiowas. First, federal Indian policies became increasingly militarized...

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Chapter 5. Fictions of the Nineteenth-Century American Assimilation Policy

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pp. 93-125

By 1875 enormous change had rocked the worlds of American Indians and Americans though in different ways. Great Plains tribes had experienced the destructive forces of American hegemony...

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Chapter 6. Households of Humanity

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pp. 126-150

The forces of capitalism that accompanied the American invasion were inextricably linked to federal Indian policies, which were complementary formulations that cleared Indians from the path to...

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Chapter 7. Conclusion

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pp. 151-156

No less a figure than Walt Whitman created the most seductively eloquent language of inevitability and regret with which to surround the price of American progress:...

Appendix A: U.S. Indian Appropriations and Disbursements, 1860-1910

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pp. 157-159

Appendix B: Government Document Sources of Population Figures

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pp. 160-

Notes

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pp. 161-176

Bibliography

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pp. 177-189

Index

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pp. 191-198


E-ISBN-13: 9780803239715
E-ISBN-10: 0803239718

Page Count: 330
Illustrations: 6 images, 1 figure, 3 tables
Publication Year: 2008