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Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks


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ISBN13: 9780195118827
ISBN10: 0195118820
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National parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier preserve some of this country's most cherished wilderness landscapes. While visions of pristine, uninhabited nature led to the creation of these parks, they also inspired policies of Indian removal. By contrasting the native histories of these places with the links between Indian policy developments and preservationist efforts, this work examines the complex origins of the national parks and the troubling consequences of the American wilderness ideal. The first study to place national park history within the context of the early reservation era, it details the ways that national parks developed into one of the most important arenas of contention between native peoples and non-Indians in the twentieth century.

About the Author

Mark David Spence is Assistant Professor of History at Knox College, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Common Ground

1. Looking Backward and Westward: The "Indian Wilderness" in the Antebellum Era

2. The Wild West, or Toward Separate Islands

3. Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone

4. First Wilderness: America's Wonderland and Indian Removal from Yellowstone National Park

5. Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet and the Glacier National Park Area

6. Crowning the Continent: The American Wilderness Ideal and Blackfeet Exclusion from Glacier National Park

7. The Heart of the Sierras, 1864-1916

8. Yosemite Indians and the National Park Ideal, 1916-1969

Conclusion: Exceptions and the Rule

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Yosemite Indian, April 14, 2006 (view all comments by Yosemite Indian)
The author writes that the Yosemite Indians were Southern Sierra Miwuks. That is incorrect Chief Tenaya was "The founder of the Paiute Colony of Ahwahni". Chief Tenaya spoke Paiute. Chief Tenaya's band was made up primarily or Mono Paiutes and a handful of outlaws from the western tribes. That Chief Tenaya's band was taller and lighter then the "Western Diggers". Chief Tenaya's mother was a Mono Lake Paiute. Chief Tenaya married a Mono Lake Paiute woman and his children were documented to be 3/4's Paiute and not Miwok. The majority of the earliest photos of Yosemite Indians were titled "Piute" and not Miwok. Chief Dick, Captain John, Lancisco Wilson, Young Charlie, Captain Jim, Bridgeport Tom, Tom Hutchings, Captain Sam and his wife Susie Sam and the rest were Paiutes and NOT Miwoks.

This is the 2nd genocide of the Yosemite Indians. This time it is literal genocide.

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Spence, Mark David
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Mark David
New York :
Indians of north america
Nature conservation
Native American
United States - 19th Century
Government - U.S. Government
History, American | Native American
History, American | 1900-1945
Indians of North America -- Relocation.
Wilderness areas -- Government policy.
Native American-General Native American Studies
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9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 in 1 lb

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