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White People, Indians, and Highlanders: Tribal People and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America

White People, Indians, and Highlanders: Tribal People and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America

by Colin G. Calloway
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In nineteenth century paintings, the proud Indian warrior and the Scottish Highland chief appear in similar ways—colorful and wild, righteous and warlike, the last of their kind. Earlier accounts depict both as barbarians, lacking in culture and in need of civilization. By the nineteenth century, intermarriage and cultural contact between the two—described during the Seven Years' War as cousins—was such that Cree, Mohawk, Cherokee, and Salish were often spoken with Gaelic accents.

In this imaginative work of imperial and tribal history, Colin Calloway examines why these two seemingly wildly disparate groups appear to have so much in common.

Both Highland clans and Native American societies underwent parallel experiences on the peripheries of Britain's empire, and often encountered one another on the frontier. Indeed, Highlanders and American Indians fought, traded, and lived together. Both groups were treated as tribal peoples—remnants of a barbaric past—and eventually forced from their ancestral lands as their traditional food sources—cattle in the Highlands and bison on the Great Plains—were decimated to make way for livestock farming. In a familiar pattern, the cultures that conquered them would later romanticize the very ways of life they had destroyed.

White People, Indians, and Highlanders illustrates how these groups alternately resisted and accommodated the cultural and economic assault of colonialism, before their eventual dispossession during the Highland Clearances and Indian Removals. What emerges is a finely-drawn portrait of how indigenous peoples with their own rich identities experienced cultural change, economic transformation, and demographic dislocation amidst the growing power of the British and American empires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199737826
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 631,613
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Colin G. Calloway is Professor of History, Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, and chair of the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. His many books include The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America and One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark.

Table of Contents

Ch 1: Cycles of Conquest and Colonization
Ch 2: Scots and Indians in a Changing World
Ch 3: Savage Peoples and Civilizing Powers
Ch4: Warriors and Soldiers
Ch 5: Highland Traders and Indian Hunters
Ch 6: Highland Men and Indian Families
Ch 7: Clearances and Removals
Ch 8: Highland Settlers and Indian Lands
Ch 9: Empires, Myths, and New Traditions
Epilogue: History, Heritage, and Identity

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