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The worlds the Shawnees made : migration and violence in early America

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  • 974.004 W293 (CEN)

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Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]

Physical Description

xii, 308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


"In 1779, Shawnees from Chillicothe, a community in the Ohio country, told the British, "We have always been the frontier." Their statement challenges an oft-held belief that American Indians derive their unique identities from longstanding ties to native lands. By tracking Shawnee people and migrations from 1400 to 1754, Stephen Warren illustrates how Shawnees made a life for themselves at the crossroads of empires and competing tribes, embracing mobility and often moving willingly toward violent borderlands. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the Shawnees ranged over the eastern half of North America and used their knowledge to foster notions of pan-Indian identity that shaped relations between Native Americans and settlers in the revolutionary era and beyond. Warren's deft analysis makes clear that Shawnees were not anomalous among Native peoples east of the Mississippi. Through migration, they and their neighbors adapted to disease, warfare, and dislocation by interacting with colonizers as slavers, mercenaries, guides, and traders. These adaptations enabled them to preserve their cultural identities and resist coalescence without forsaking their linguistic and religious traditions"--


  • Rethinking place and identity in American Indian histories
  • Continuity and reinvention at the dawn of colonization: The parochial cosmopolitans of the Middle Ohio Valley ; Nitarikyk's slave: a Fort Ancient odyssey
  • The lure of colonial borderlands: A ranging sort of people: migration and slavery on the Savannah River ; The Grand Village of the Kaskaskias: old allegiances, new worlds ; "Mixt nations" at the head of the bay: the Iroquois, Bacon's Rebels, and the peoples in between
  • Becoming strangers: the long history of removal: One head and one heart: migration, coalescence, and Penn's imagined community on the Lower Susquehanna ; One colour and as one body: race, trade, and migration to the Ohio country ; Race, revitalization, and warfare in the eighteenth-century southeast
  • Epilogue: Reconsidering the "literary advantage."

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