Tribes and Tribulations: Misconceptions About American by Laurence M. Hauptman

By Laurence M. Hauptman

Such a lot americans are misinformed approximately local americans and their heritage. within the 9 essays during this quantity, Laurence M. Hauptman, drawing on twenty-five years of educating American Indian heritage, selects subject matters from the 17th century to the current as examples of a few in general held yet inaccurate perspectives on Indian-white kinfolk, together with campaigns to pacify and Christianize Indians, rules of removing, and stereotypes of Indians as mascots for activities groups or Hollywood movie sidekicks.Some misconceptions come up from incorrect claims that move as truth, resembling the inspiration that the U.S. structure derived a few of its options from the Iroquois. The misuse of phrases similar to genocide and paternalism has additionally obscured the adventure of person Indian international locations or dulled perceptions approximately Anglo-American avarice. The tribal sovereignty assured by way of treaties and, while, local american citizens' usa citizenship have burdened many that think Indians obtain detailed privileges.Throughout the ebook, emphasis is given to local americans within the East, the place 1 / 4 of all Indians dwell at the present time. Hauptman's an expert and provocative research strips away improper notions and replaces them with new insights and views.

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Moreover, Professor William A. Starna of the College at Oneonta read select chapters of this manuscript and gave me insightful criticism. Two other friends helped make this project possible. I have had numerous conversations about the material presented in this book with David Jaman of Gardiner, New York, who provided me with the quotation I use at the beginning of the book's Preface. Roy Black of Esopus, New York tolerated my frequent ramblings about misconceptions in Native American history. Finally, my wife and two children excused my work habits, which at times border on the compulsive.

Their initial assumptions upon entering class, their questions raised about the nature of the readings written by professional historians, and their reactions to guest lectures by Native American leaders led me to write these essays. As a result, I have dedicated this book to the more than five thousand students I have taught over the past twenty-five years. I should also like to dedicate this book to two academics, both of whom I consider my own mentors over the past twenty-three years. For two decades, Professor William T.

I can vividly recall one meeting held at a restaurant owned by these Indians, in which Chairman Hayward and noted ethnohistorian Jack Campisi were in attendance. After discussing a general outline for a conference on Pequot history as well as its educational aims, Chairman Hayward began to shift the conversation to talking about the English colonial army's burning of his tribe's Mystic Fort in 1637 and the near-total decimation of his people during the battle and the ensuing war. At the time when the contemporary Mashantucket Pequots were experiencing a tribal renaissance and achieving federal recognition, Chairman Hayward was sincerely concerned and inquisitive about the tragedy that befell his people nearly Page 4 350 years earlier.

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