Volume 51, Number 3, Summer 2004


    Abler, Thomas S. (Thomas Struthers), 1941-
  • Seneca Moieties and Hereditary Chieftainships: The Early-Nineteenth-Century Political Organization of an Iroquois Nation
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    Subject Headings:
    • Seneca Indians -- New York (State) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
      Scholars investigating Iroquois political institutions have focused on the Confederacy Council (or League), largely ignoring structure at the national (or tribal) level. Data from the Seneca Nation in the 1830s and 1840s, before the replacement of chiefs by an elected council, allows analysis of nonconfederacy "chiefly statuses" relative to population size, clans, and moieties. Contrary to the consensus in the literature, nonconfederacy chiefly status was hereditary within clans. In addition, the principle that balance should be maintained between Seneca moieties led to chiefly statuses being divided equally between the moieties, despite considerable differences in their populations.
    Bacigalupo, Ana Mariella.
  • The Struggle for Mapuche Shamans' Masculinity: Colonial Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Southern Chile
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mapuche Indians -- Chile -- History -- 1565-1810.
    • Shamans -- Chile -- History -- 1565-1810.
    • Gender identity -- Chile -- History -- 1565-1810.
    • Masculinity -- Chile -- History -- 1565-1810.
      Spanish and criollo soldiers in what is now Chile viewed colonial Mapuche and especially male shamans (machi weye) as perverse sodomites engaged in devil worship. I analyze the gender identities of male and female machi in the colonial period by considering ethnic, gender, and power dynamics. I contrast colonial Mapuche (Reche) perceptions of machi as co-gender specialists having alternative sexualities with the discourses of sodomy, sorcery, and effeminacy used by Spanish and criollo soldiers and Jesuit priests. I explore the process by which the categories of the two groups gradually merge and how they shape contemporary Mapuche and Chilean majority discourses about machi as well as machi perceptions about themselves.
    Haines, Chad.
  • Colonial Routes: Reorienting the Northern Frontier of British India
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    Subject Headings:
    • Trade routes -- Political aspects -- Pakistan -- Gilgit District -- History.
    • Gilgit District (Pakistan) -- History.
      Between 1846 and 1947, the British colonial state in India forged a region out of the western Karakoram Mountains, which it labeled in 1889 as the Gilgit Agency. Through an analysis of maps, colonial representations, local writings, and oral histories, this article critically examines the importance of routes, the politics of linkages, and the structuring of circulation in producing a regional space and transforming it over time. This article argues that space is constituted through access and patterns of circulation as well as the cartographic project defining borders. The structuring of mobility along particular routes and the emerging state mechanisms to construct and maintain access produced a region and continuously transformed it, integrating the region and the people into the British colonial state.
    Reimer, Gwen.
    Chartrand, Jean-Philippe.
  • Documenting Historic Métis in Ontario
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    Subject Headings:
    • Métis -- Ontario -- History -- Sources.
    • Fur trade -- Ontario -- History -- Sources.
      A recent court case has brought into focus, for the first time in Ontario (Canada), legal and historical questions concerning the rights extending from historic Métis communities in that province. Within this litigation context, research into the nature, extent, and definition of historic Métis in Ontario has remained the purview of applied historians and expert witnesses. This article brings such questions into the academic arena by identifying sources and methods for documenting historic Métis during the fur trade period in Ontario. It also presents an ethnohistorical discussion of social and cultural indicators of the Métis community and ethnogenesis evident in the fur trade records for Ontario.
    Wadley, Reed L.
  • Punitive Expeditions and Divine Revenge: Oral and Colonial Histories of Rebellion and Pacification in Western Borneo, 1886-1902
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    • Iban (Bornean people) -- Indonesia -- Kalimantan Barat -- Government relations -- History.
      I present different accounts of two events in the efforts of Dutch and British colonial authorities to pacify the Iban within their respective territories on the island of Borneo; namely, I present both the Dutch and British reports of the punitive expeditions in 1886 and 1902 against rebellious Iban headhunters and the oral historical narratives of the Iban today. In addition to providing historical and cultural background to Iban resistance to pacification, I spell out the Iban conception of the past and fragmentation of related narratives. The weight that the oral accounts place on these two events is discussed in that light, with the Iban viewing their colonial experience as the struggle of spiritual forces allied with both the Iban and the European.

Review Essays

    Roth, Christopher.
  • Recent Work on the Northwest Coast
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    • Erikson, Patricia Pierce, 1962- Voices of a thousand people: the Makah Cultural and Resource Center.
    • Ward, Helma.
    • Wachendorf, Kirk.
    • Harris, R. Cole. Making native space: colonialism, resistance, and reserves in British Columbia.
    • McIlwraith, T. F. (Thomas Forsyth), 1899-1964. At home with the Bella Coola Indians: T. F. McIlwraith's field letters, 1922-4.
    • Barker, John, 1953-, ed.
    • Cole, Douglas, 1938-, ed.
    • Neylan, Susan, 1966- Heavens are changing: nineteenth-century Protestant missions and Tsimshian Christianity.
    • Wray, Jacilee, ed. Native peoples of the Olympic Peninsula: who we are.
    • Makah Cultural and Research Center.
    • Indian reservations -- British Columbia -- History.
    Maschner, Herbert D. G.
  • Russian Sources on Aboriginal Alaska
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    Subject Headings:
    • Grewingk, C. (Constantin), 1819-1887. Grewingk's geology of Alaska and the Northwest Coast of America: contributions toward knowledge of the orographic and geognostic condition of the Northwest coast of America, with the adjacent islands.
    • Falk, Marvin W., ed.
    • Jaensch, Fritz, tr.
    • Steller, Georg Wilhelm, 1709-1746. Steller's history of Kamchatka: collected information concerning the history of Kamchatka, its peoples, their manners, names, lifestyle, and various customary practices.
    • Falk, Marvin W., ed.
    • Engel, Margritt, tr.
    • Willmore, Karen E., tr.
    • Znamenski, Andrei A., 1960- Through orthodox eyes: Russian missionary narratives of travels to the Dena'ina and Ahtna, 1850s-1930s.
    • Geology -- Alaska.
    • Kamchadals -- Social life and customs.

Book Reviews

    Brown, Tracy.
  • Writing Violence on the Northern Frontier: The Historiography of Sixteenth-Century New Mexico and Florida and the Legacy of Conquest, and: Conquest and Catastrophe: Changing Rio Grande Pueblo Settlement Patterns in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rabasa, José, 1948- Writing violence on the northern frontier: the historiography of sixteenth-century New Mexico and Florida and the legacy of conquest.
    • Barrett, Elinore M. Conquest and catastrophe: changing Rio Grande Pueblo settlement patterns in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
    • Southwest, New -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish -- Historiography.
    • Pueblo Indians -- Rio Grande Valley -- History.
    Bucko, Raymond A., 1954-
  • Father Francis Craft, Missionary to the Sioux (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Foley, Thomas W., 1931- Father Francis Craft, missionary to the Sioux.
    • Craft, Francis M.
    Cañizares-Esguerra, Jorge.
  • Natural and Moral History of the Indies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Acosta, José de, 1540-1600. Natural and moral history of the Indies.
    • Mangan, Jane E., 1969-, ed.
    • Mignolo, Walter.
    • López-Morillas, Frances M., tr.
    • America -- Early works to 1600.
    Cobb, Daniel M.
  • Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Law (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wilkins, David E. (David Eugene), 1954- Uneven ground: American Indian sovereignty and federal law.
    • Lomawaima, K. Tsianina, 1955-
    • Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc.
    Gleach, Frederic W. (Frederic Wright), 1960-
  • Strangers to Relatives: The Adoption and Naming of Anthropologists in Native North America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kan, Sergei, ed. Strangers to relatives: the adoption and naming of anthropologists in Native North America.
    • Indians of North America.
    Harman, Diana L.
  • Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation, 1912-1954 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rosier, Paul C. Rebirth of the Blackfeet Nation, 1912-1954.
    • Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation -- History.
    Kellogg, Susan.
  • The Mestizo Mind: The Intellectual Dynamics of Colonization and Globalization (review)
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    • Gruzinski, Serge. Mestizo mind: the intellectual dynamics of colonization and globalization.
    • Dusinberre, Deke, tr.
    • Latin America -- Civilization.
    Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle, 1952-
  • Diné: A History of the Navajos, and: "For Our Navajo People:" Diné Letters, Speeches and Petitions 1900-1960 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Iverson, Peter. Diné: a history of the Navajos.
    • Iverson, Peter, ed. "For our Navajo people:" Diné letters, speeches and petitions 1900-1960.
    • Navajo Indians -- History.
    • Navajo Indians -- History -- Sources.
    Shoemaker, Nancy, 1958-
  • Signs of Cherokee Culture: Sequoyah's Syllabary in Eastern Cherokee Life (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bender, Margaret Clelland. Signs of Cherokee culture: Sequoyah's syllabary in Eastern Cherokee life.
    • Cherokee language -- Writing -- Social aspects.
    Socolow, Susan Migden, 1941-
  • Women and the Conquest of California, 1542-1840: Codes of Silence (review)
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    • Bouvier, Virginia Marie, 1958- Women and the conquest of California, 1542-1840: codes of silence.
    • Women pioneers -- California -- History.
    Sturm, Circe, 1967-
  • Deadliest Enemies: Law and the Making of Race Relations on and off Rosebud Reservation (review)
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    • Biolsi, Thomas, 1952- Deadliest enemies: law and the making of race relations on and off Rosebud Reservation.
    • Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- South Dakota -- Rosebud Indian Reservation.
    Thornton, John Kelly, 1949-
  • Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and the Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shaw, Rosalind. Memories of the slave trade: ritual and the historical imagination in Sierra Leone.
    • Witchcraft -- Sierra Leone.

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