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Acknowledgments Writing history depends on those who came before. This work is no different . My greatest intellectual debt is to those whose names appear in the notes to this book. From George Bird Grinnell to James Riding In, and from Carl Wheat to Margaret Wickens Pearce, the foundation of this work was built by men and women who knew little of its creation. If any of these people should come across this book, I hope they take some satisfaction in its creation. For while its conclusions are mine, they have only been made possible because of their work. Thank you. I began my graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison under the tutelage of Ned Blackhawk. Ned was not only my first intellectual advisor, but he encouraged me to study Native American history at a time when many thought writing about Indians was too politically fraught for a non-Native. His support for my work was echoed by those in the American Indian Studies Program, where I worked for three years under the leadership of Ada Deer and Denise Wiyaka. As with many who pass through Madison, I have been deeply affected by the earnest guidance of Bill Cronon. There are few people who can claim so vast an intellectual legacy as Bill, and I am honored to count myself among his students. Even more than his direct mentorship, it is the community Bill has built that has had the greatest impact on my development as a scholar. At one of his weekly Monday-morning sessions , early in my stay in Madison, Bill asked us to look around the table. It was these people, he promised, not the professors, who would become the most important intellectual and social connections we would make in graduate school. He was right. One of those sitting around the table xvi / acknowledgments that morning was James Feldman. Jim became not only an intellectual advisor and professional mentor but also a great friend. Thank you, Jim. I could not have done this without you. Others from Madison who shaped my intellectual path are Susan Johnson, and Thongchai Winichakul. Michelle Hogue and Adam Laats have remained good friends despite reading various forms of this manuscript multiple times. I have received funding and inspiration from a number of institutions and workshops. The Newberry Library not only gave me a short-term fellowship, but James Ackerman and Diane Dillon also invited me to participate in a five-week National Endowment for the Humanities summer workshop, “Cartography and Art in the Americas,” exposing me to the gem that is the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. Participants in a Summer Institute on Contested Global Landscapes at Cornell University also offered valuable feedback on portions of the manuscript. Gregory Ferguson-Cradler, Bikrum Gill, and Sara Pritchard gave particularly insightful comments. Countless additional people have contributed to this book in various ways. While I cannot name them all, a few deserve particular mention. Raymond Craib, Susan Schulten, Matthew Edney, Herman Viola, Richard White, and Roger Echo-Hawk have all generously responded to my unsolicited communications. John Bowes has lived with this manuscript as long as I have, and after nearly fifteen years, he became a manuscript reader. David Rumsey’s public map collection ( is one of the most generous resources on the Internet, and my debt to him is incalculable. Matthew Bokovoy at the University of Nebraska Press has had unwavering faith in this project, even when its author was not sure. Roxanne Willis smoothed out all the rough edges. Piers Turner has been an invaluable cheerleader and sounding board, offering patient and thoughtful advice during my many moments of existential angst. Finally, I would like to thank my family. My parents, Elizabeth and Richard Bernstein, have supported me in every endeavor I have attempted, and writing history has been no different. Words cannot express my love and affection. Therefore, I have had a special edition of the book created for you with a lanyard inserted in the cover. Now we are even. My other parents, Igor and Elizabeth Simakovsky, have done more child-rearing of my offspring than they have with their own. This book (to say nothing of the marriage) would have not been possible without you. Thank you. And lastly, Inna. It is only because of your strength that I have been able to indulge myself in this project. You have given Simon, Isaac, Avi, and me a wonderful life. You are my...


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