By John C. Ewers, William T. Hagan
Plains Indian historical past and tradition, an enticing number of articles and essays, displays John C. Ewers multifaceted method of Indian heritage, an process that mixes his far-reaching curiosity in American historical past typically, his specialist education in anthropology, and his many a long time of expertise as a field-worker and museum curator.The writer has drawn on interviews gathered in the course of a quarter-century of fieldwork with Indian elders, who in recalling their very own reports through the buffalo days, published distinct insights into Plains Indian existence. Ewers use his services in analyzing Indian-made artifacts and drawings in addition to photos taken by way of non-Indian artists who had firsthand touch with Indians. He throws new gentle on very important alterations in Plains Indian tradition, at the background of intertribal kin, and on Indian relation with whites—traders, missionaries, infantrymen, settlers, and the U.S. govt.
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Extra resources for Plains Indian History and Culture: Essays on Continuity and Change
During the long, bitter, intertribal wars these Indians learned to hunt men much as they hunted the larger animals, taking advantage of the terrain to conceal their approach, surprising their enemies by the suddenness and unexpectedness of their attack, or falling upon them when they were crossing streams or passing through deep valleys from which there was little chance to escape, and employing decoys to lure their enemies into ambushes. All these tactics Indians had used in hunting buffalo and antelope.
Dick had farmed too, on the rich farms of the Quakers in eastern Pennsylvania, while he was a student at Carlisle Indian School. He had played for Pop Warner's famed Carlisle Indians against Harvard. He had met every Great White Father since the second Harrison, and he had adopted Franklin D. Roosevelt into his tribe, giving him the name "The Only Chief," that of the first Indian to sign the first Blackfoot treaty with the United States in 1855. Dick loved to needle his white friends by saying, "I can't understand why you people want to get an Indian name, and be taken into our tribe.
All three of the classic studies of the Indian sign language were the work of army officers, Capts. Garrick Mallery and W. P. Clark and Gen. Hugh L. Scott. A goodly number of the monographs in the early annual reports of the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology were written by army officers. Most of them are still regarded as classics in their fields. 17 Doctors of the Army Medical Corps, stationed at isolated frontier posts, not only vaccinated Indians and cared for their wounds and illnesses but also made extensive collections of Indian artifacts for the Army Medical Museum in Washington.