Ethnohistory

Ethnohistory
Volume 49, Number 4, Fall 2002


Contents

Articles

    Thornton, Russell, 1942-
  • A Rosebud Reservation Winter Count, circa 1751-1752 to 1886-1887
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    Subject Headings:
    • Teton Indians -- South Dakota -- Rosebud Indian Reservation -- History -- Chronology.
    • Picture-writing, Indian.
    • Anderson, J. A. (John Alvin), 1869-1948.
    Abstract:
      This is a discussion of a newly found winter count of a Lakota tiyospaye (extended kinship group) that eventually ended up on the Rosebud Reservation created for the Sicangu (Brule). The count is on muslin, measuring 89 centimeters by 176 centimeters. It consists of 136 pictographs, most drawn in black ink with colored ink washes, that cover a span approximately from 1751–2 to 1886–7. The count was obtained by either John A. Anderson or Myrtle Miller Anderson and passed on to their family. It resurfaced in 1998, in an old trunk, and was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in the fall of 2000. The count is closely related to the one on a tipi cover that was photographed by John Anderson in 1895 and is possibly the basis for the cover.
    Wallace, Pamela S.
  • Indian Claims Commission: Political Complexity and Contrasting Concepts of Identity
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    Subject Headings:
    • United States. Indian Claims Commission.
    • Yuchi Indians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Oklahoma -- History -- 20th century.
    • Yuchi Indians -- Oklahoma -- Ethnic identity -- History -- 20th century.
    • Oklahoma -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      Complexity in cross-cultural interaction is apparent within the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) proceedings of the 1950s. The U.S. federal government and Creek Indians both in Oklahoma and east of the Mississippi joined forces to suppress the ICC petition of the Yuchi, a small Native American community whose identity had been systematically denied for nearly two hundred years. Multiple perceptions of identity and history collided with the inevitable defeat of the Yuchi's petition. The more subtle concerns of political resistance and the reinforcement of Yuchi identity were not defeated but were strengthened in the process.
    Carson, James Taylor, 1968-
  • Ethnogeography and the Native American Past
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    Subject Headings:
    • Indians of North America -- Historiography.
    • Ethnohistory -- United States.
    • Interdisciplinary research -- United States.
    Abstract:
      For the most part, scholars have failed to incorporate geography into the interdisciplinary canon of ethnohistory. At the same time, geographers writing on native history have not integrated fully the ethnohistorical method into their own work. The essay explains to ethnohistorians and geographers alike what the other has been up to and why it is vital that each group begin to consider ethnogeography as an important category of analysis. A few suggestions are made as to how ethnogeography can illuminate different native societies' understanding of land and their relationship to it and to also help explain the actions they took to defend it from the encroachments of European settlers and colonial expansion.
    Fogel-Chance, Nancy.
  • Fixing History: A Contemporary Examination of an Arctic Journal from the 1850s
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    Subject Headings:
    • Maguire, Rochfort. Journal of Rochfort Maguire, 1852-1854: two years at Point Barrow, Alaska, aboard HMS Plover in the search for Sir John Franklin.
    • Bockstoce, John R., ed.
    • Maguire, Rochfort -- Journeys -- Alaska -- Barrow, Point, Region.
    • Inuit -- Alaska -- Barrow, Point, Region -- History -- 19th century.
    Abstract:
      Early records of Western encounters with Native peoples have fixed history within the conventional views of their time. This article examines such a perspective inscribed in a journal written by a British naval commander during an Arctic assignment in the mid–nineteenth century. Over a two-year period he chronicled daily interactions between the crew of his ship and members of a nearby Iñupiaq Eskimo village on the North Slope of Alaska. His categorizations of native aggression and gender differences are examined within the context of contemporary knowledge about Iñupiaq ethnohistory. Additionally, his entries expose another dimension of this encounter—the dependency of this British enclave upon local people for resources, knowledge, and other forms of assistance. The Admiralty's restriction on the use of force during this mission makes their need all the more apparent. I propose that British dependency was a critical element in the dynamics of power between the two groups and has implications for other early encounters as well.
    Carey, Hilary M. (Hilary Mary), 1957-
    Roberts, Dave, 1947-
  • Smallpox and the Baiame Waganna of Wellington Valley, New South Wales, 1829-1840: The Earliest Nativist Movement in Aboriginal Australia
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    Subject Headings:
    • Smallpox -- Social aspects -- Australia -- Wellington -- History -- 19th century.
    • Wiradjuri (Australian people) -- Australia -- Wellington -- Rites and ceremonies -- History -- 19th century.
    • Nativistic movements -- Australia -- Wellington -- History -- 19th century.
    Abstract:
      Of all the various infections that afflicted Aboriginal people in Australia during the years of first contact with Europeans, smallpox was the most disastrous. The physical and social impacts of the disease are well known. This article considers another effect of the contagion. It is argued that a nativist movement in the form of a waganna (dance ritual) associated with the Wiradjuri spirit Baiame and his adversary Tharrawiirgal was linked to the aftermath of the disease as it was experienced at the settlement site of the Wellington Valley of New South Wales (NSW). The discovery of this movement is of considerable significance for an understanding of Aboriginal responses to colonization in southeastern Australia. It is the earliest well-attested nativist movement in Australian ethnohistory.

Book Reviews

    Looper, Matthew George, 1966-
  • The Continuum Encyclopedia of Native Art: Worldview, Symbolism, and Culture in Africa, Oceania, and North America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Werness, Hope B. Continuum encyclopedia of native art: worldview, symbolism, and culture in Africa, Oceania, and North America.
    • Indian art -- North America -- Encyclopedias.
    Golovnev, A. V. (Andrei Vladimirovich)
  • The Tenacity of Ethnicity: A Siberian Saga in Global Perspective (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Balzer, Marjorie Mandelstam. Tenacity of ethnicity: a Siberian saga in global perspective.
    • Khanty.
    Castile, George Pierre.
  • First Nations, Second Thoughts (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Flanagan, Thomas, 1944- First nations, second thoughts.
    • Indians of North America -- Canada -- Government relations.
    La Vere, David.
  • Comanches in the New West, 1895-1908: Historic Photographs (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Noyes, Stanley. Comanches in the new West, 1895-1908: historic photographs.
    • Snearly, Alice.
    • Kelley, Lon.
    • Comanche Indians -- Pictorial works.
    Strauss, Sarah.
  • Healing Ways: Navajo Health Care in the Twentieth Century (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Davies, Wade, 1969- Healing ways: Navajo health care in the twentieth century.
    • Navajo Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
    DuVal, Kathleen.
  • Laudonnière and Fort Caroline: History and Documents, and: Three Voyages, and: A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bennett, Charles E., 1910- Laudonnière and Fort Caroline: history and documents.
    • Laudonnière, René Goulaine de. Three voyages.
    • Bennett, Charles E., 1910-, ed.
    • Romans, Bernard, ca. 1720-ca. 1784. Concise natural history of East and West Florida.
    • Braund, Kathryn E. Holland, 1955-, ed.
    • Laudonnière, René Goulaine de.
    • Florida -- History -- Huguenot colony, 1562-1565.
    Schwaller, John Frederick.
  • Wild Country Out in the Garden: The Spiritual Journals of a Colonial Mexican Nun, and: Colonial Angels: Narratives of Gender and Spirituality in Mexico (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • María de San José, madre, 1656-1719. Wild country out in the garden: the spiritual journals of a Colonial Mexican nun.
    • Myers, Kathleen Ann, ed.
    • Powell, Amanda, ed.
    • Sampson Vera Tudela, Elisa. Colonial angels: narratives of gender and spirituality in Mexico.
    • María de San José, madre, 1656-1719.
    • Mexican prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
    Hostettler, Ueli, 1960-
  • Nationalist Myths and Ethnic Identities: Indigenous Intellectuals and the Mexican State (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gutiérrez, Natividad, 1959- Nationalist myths and ethnic identities: indigenous intellectuals and the Mexican state.
    • Indians of Mexico -- Intellectual life.
    Rugeley, Terry, 1956-
  • Cárdenas Compromised: The Failure of Reform in Postrevolutionary Yucatán (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fallaw, Ben, 1966- Cárdenas compromised: the failure of reform in postrevolutionary Yucatán.
    • Cárdenas, Lázaro, 1895-1970.
    Vinson, Ben.
  • The Virgin, the King, and the Royal Slaves of El Cobre: Negotiating Freedom in Colonial Cuba, 1670-1780 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Díaz, María Elena, 1955- Virgin, the king, and the royal slaves of El Cobre: negotiating freedom in colonial Cuba, 1670-1780.
    • Slavery -- Cuba -- El Cobre -- History.
    Carey, David, 1967-
  • Place of the Lord's Daughter: Rab'inal, Its History, Its Dance-Drama (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Akkeren, Ruud van. Place of the Lord's Daughter: Rab'inal, its history, its dance-drama.
    • Rabinal-Achí.
    Warner, Rick.
  • From Tribal Village to Global Village: Indian Rights and International Relations in Latin America, and: Peasants against Globalization: Rural Social Movements in Costa Rica (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Brysk, Alison, 1960- From tribal village to global village: Indian rights and international relations in Latin America.
    • Edelman, Marc. Peasants against globalization: rural social movements in Costa Rica.
    • Indians -- Civil rights.
    • Peasantry -- Costa Rica -- Political activity.



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