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Main Title The White Earth tragedy : ethnicity and dispossession at a Minnesota Anishinaabe Reservation, 1889-1920 /
Author Meyer, Melissa L.
Publisher University of Nebraska Press,
Year Published 1994
OCLC Number 28801157
ISBN 0803231547; 9780803231542; 0803282567; 9780803282568
Subjects White Earth Indian Reservation (Minn)--History ; Ojibwa Indians--History ; Ojibwa Indians--Cultural assimilation ; Minnesota--White Earth Indian Reservation ; Ojibwa (Indiens)--Histoire ; Ojibwa (Indiens)--Acculturation ; White Earth Indian Reservation (Minn)--Histoire
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ELAM  E99.C6M46 1994 Region 5 Library/Chicago,IL 09/13/2022
Collation xviii, 333 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-313) and index.
Contents Notes
"Under the guise of assimilation, U.S. government policies destroyed Anishinaabe adaptations and brought them increased poverty, disease, and diaspora," writes Melissa L. Meyer. Combining historical methods with approaches drawn from sociology, anthropology, and economics, and using a wide range of previously untapped sources, she examines in exacting detail the course of events leading to that conclusion. Rather than focusing on Indian-white relations alone, she views the matter in terms of relationships between the conservative Anishinaabe hands and their mediator "cousins," analogous culturally to the Canadian metis, to produce a study that is as compelling for its design as for its content. Anishinaabe migrations and the genesis of White Earth communities -- Signatures and thumbprints: community and ethnicity at White Earth -- Jack pine, white pine, and porcupine: the alienation of resources -- Warehousers and sharks: the social and economic bases of political factionalism -- "We can not get a living as we used to": assimilation gone awry.