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Title Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the Mandan people / Elizabeth A. Fenn.
Author Fenn, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Anne), 1959- author.
Publication New York : Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2015.
Copyright date ©2014
Edition First paperback edition.
Description xix, 456 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Call # 970.004 F
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-428) and index.
Summary "A book that radically changes our understanding of North America before and after the arrival of Europeans Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we know more? Who were they really? In this extraordinary book, Elizabeth A. Fenn retrieves their history by piecing together important new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, geology, climatology, epidemiology, and nutritional science. Her boldly original interpretation of these diverse research findings offers us a new perspective on early American history, a new interpretation of the American past. By 1500, more than twelve thousand Mandans were established on the northern Plains, and their commercial prowess, agricultural skills, and reputation for hospitality became famous. Recent archaeological discoveries show how they thrived, and then how they collapsed. The damage wrought by imported diseases like smallpox and the havoc caused by the arrival of horses and steamboats were tragic for the Mandans, yet, as Fenn makes clear, their sense of themselves as a people with distinctive traditions endured. A riveting account of Mandan history, landscapes, and people, Fenn's narrative is enriched and enlivened not only by science and research but by her own encounters at the heart of the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Discovering the heart of the world. Migrations : the making of the Mandan people ; Contacts : villagers and newcomers ; Earthwork : the substances of daily life ; Connections : sustained European contact begins -- Inventions and reinventions. Customs : the spirits of daily life ; Upheavals : eighteenth-century transformations ; Scourge : the smallpox of 1781 -- At the heart of many worlds. Convergences : forces beyond the horizon ; Hosts : the Mandans receive Lewis and Clark ; Corn : the fuel of Plains commerce -- New adversities. Sheheke : the metamorphosis of a chief ; Reorientation : the United States and the upper Missouri ; Visitations : rats, steamboats, and the Sioux ; Decimation : "the smallpox has broke out."
Subject Mandan Indians -- History.
Mandan Indians -- Government relations.
Mandan Indians -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0374535116 (pbk.) :
9780374535117 (pbk.) :

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