New PDF release: A Gathering of Rivers: Indians, Metis, and Mining in the

By Lucy Eldersveld Murphy

ISBN-10: 0803232101

ISBN-13: 9780803232105

In a meeting of Rivers, Lucy Eldersveld Murphy strains the histories of Indian, multiracial, and mining groups within the western nice Lakes zone through the eighteenth and early 19th centuries. For a century the Winnebagos (Ho-Chunks), Mesquakies (Fox), and Sauks effectively faced waves of French and British immigration by way of diversifying their economies and commercializing lead mining.Focusing on own tales and special neighborhood histories, Murphy charts the replaced monetary forces at paintings within the quarter, connecting them to shifts in gender roles and intercultural relationships. She argues that French, British, and local peoples solid cooperative social and financial bonds expressed in part through mixed-race marriages and the emergence of multiethnic groups at eco-friendly Bay and Prairie du Chien. considerably, local peoples within the western nice Lakes quarter have been in a position to adapt effectively to the hot frontier industry economic system until eventually their lead mining operations turned the envy of outsiders within the 1820s.

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26 The basic philosophy governing social and political relationships was one of personal autonomy and voluntary compliance with community goals. People ought not to use force against their kin or neighbors, the Indians believed. Even chiefs advised rather than ruled. ‘‘Subordination is not a maxim among the savages,’’ Perrot wrote. ‘‘The father does not venture to exercise authority over his son, nor does the chief dare to give commands to his soldier—he will mildly entreat; and if any one is stubborn .

28 One exception to this principle was the status of slaves in Indian society. Since slaves were war captives, this anomaly probably arose because warfare, being by its very nature coercive, nullified the doctrine of individual freedom for enemies, even captive enemies. Regardless, many prisoners were adopted and considered to have equal citizenship. 29 An example is found in the case of a Pawnee who had been brought to the Fox-Wisconsin as a war captive, probably during the s. 30 Whether Little Elk’s grandfather was freed by adoption, marriage, or military service is unclear, but his grandfather’s status as a prisoner does not seem to have adversely affected Little Elk’s authority.

Subordination is not a maxim among the savages,’’ Perrot wrote. ‘‘The father does not venture to exercise authority over his son, nor does the chief dare to give commands to his soldier—he will mildly entreat; and if any one is stubborn . . ’’ 28 One exception to this principle was the status of slaves in Indian society. Since slaves were war captives, this anomaly probably arose because warfare, being by its very nature coercive, nullified the doctrine of individual freedom for enemies, even captive enemies.

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