Colonialism on the Prairies: Blackfoot Settlement and Cultural Transformation, 1870-1920

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Apollo Books, 2011 - History - 307 pages
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The propensity of Blackfoot elders to transmit their traditional knowledge provides a fundamental point of departure for any understanding of Blackfoot culture in all it dimensions and inflections. Other sources of information come from accounts of travellers, fur traders, agents, law enforcers, and sundry other wayfarers ... The juxtaposition of Blackfoot knowledge, diaries and memoirs, ethnological fieldwork, at the governmental records, has produced a richly textured interdisciplinary history that balances narrative with thematic approaches." First Nations Series Editor David Cahill, University of South Wales

Spanning a century in the history of the Blackfoot First Nations of present-day Montana and Alberta, Blanca Tovias maps specific ways in which Blackfoot culture persisted amid the drastic transformations of colonization, with its forced assimilation i both Canada and the United States. She portrays the strategies and tactics adopted by the Blackfoot to navigate political, cultural and social change during the hard transition from traditional lifeways to life on reserves and reservations. This interdisciplinary study is a celebration of Blackfoot culture and knowledge that revalorizes the past by documenting Blackfoot resistance and persistence across a wide spectrum of cultural practice. The volume is essential reading for all scholars working in the fields of Native American studies, colonial and postcolonial history, ethnology and literature.

Blanca Tovias received her award-winning PhD dissertation on the Blackfoot of Canada and the USA from the University of New South Wales in 2007. She has co-edited two anthologies on the history of Mesoamerica and the Andes, and authored several journal articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on First Nations women of the Great Plains. Together with David Cahill she edited New World, First Nations.
 

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Contents

The Threads of Continuity
1
Note on Nomenclature
8
The Grammar of Blackfoot Leaderships Dress 18301920
63
The Encounter with Salvage
115
Blackfoot Genres into Written History and Literature
129
Hero Quests Sun Dancing and the Story of Scarface
159
The Blackfoot Hero in James Welchs Fools Crow
168
Ethics in Emma Lee Warriors Compatriots
179
Conclusion
188
Notes
200
Select Bibliography
246
Index
293
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Blanca Tov as received her award-winning PhD dissertation on the Blackfoot of Canada and the USA from the University of New South Wales in 2007. She has co-edited two anthologies on the history of Mesoamerica and the Andes, and authored several journal articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on First Nations women of the Great Plains. Together with David Cahill she edited New World, First Nations ("Recommended,” American Historical Review)

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