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As If the Land Owned Us: An Ethnohistory of the White Mesa Utes

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The Ute people of White Mesa have a long, colorful, but neglected history in the Four Corners region. Although they ranged into the Great Basin, Southwest, and parts of the Rocky Mountains as hunters, gatherers, and warriors, southeastern Utah was home. There they adapted culturally and physically to the austere environment while participating in many of the well-known events of their times.

In As If the Land Owned Us, Robert McPherson has gathered the wisdom of White Mesa elders as they imparted knowledge about their land—place names, uses, teachings, and historic events tied to specific sites—providing a fresh insight into the lives of these little-known people. While there have been few published studies about the Southern Utes, this ethnohistory is the first to mix cultural and historic events. The book illustrates the life and times of the White Mesa Utes as they faced multiple changes to their lifeways. It is time for their history to be told in their terms.

 

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Robert McPherson has gathered the wisdom of White Mesa elders as they imparted knowledge about their land—place names, uses, teachings, and historic events tied to specific sites—providing a fresh insight into the lives of these little-known people.

About the Author

Robert S. McPherson is an associate professor at the College of Eastern Utah–San Juan Campus in Blanding, Utah, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. He is the author of a number of books on the history and cultures of the Four Corners region, including Comb Ridge and Its People: The Ethnohistory of a Rock, winner of the 2009 Utah Book Award for nonfiction.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. White Mesa Ute Origins and Puwá-v: Creating the World, Empowering the Universe

2. “It Was as If the Land Owned Us”: Ties to the Land, Resources for the People

3. Daily Life in an Austere Environment: Weenuche Beliefs and Life Cycle, 1880s

4. The Invasion Begins: Hispanic Entradas, American Trade, and the Mormon Mission, 1600–1855

5. “Enemies Like a Road Covered with Ice”: Expanding Weenuche Dominance, 1855–1870

6. Decade of Decision, 1870–1880: Losing Land, Gaining Restrictions

7. Stemming the Flood, 1880–1882: Miners, Cowboys, and Settlers

8. Winning the Battles, Losing the War: Military Operations and Cowboy Incursions, 1882–1885

9. Agony with Little Ecstasy: Hunting, Travel, and Subsistence Curtailment, 1885–1895

10. The Replevied Present: San Juan County, the Southern Utes, and What Might Have Been, 1895–1900

11. “Only Bullets Talk Now”: Turmoil and Dissent in a Shrinking World, 1900–1915

12. Posey and the Last White Uprising: Ending the Cycle of Violence, 1915–1923

13. Avikan: Remembering the Homeland, 1923–1941

14. Education, Economics, and Integration: Establishing the White Mesa Community, 1923–1960

15. People and Perception: Neighbors’ Views Across a Chasm, 1860–1960

16. Circles, Trees, and Bears: Empowering the Weenuche Universe

17. Adoption, Adaptation, and Abandonment: Changing Weenuche Religious Practices, 1900–2010

18. Ironic Industries and Traditional Ties: Shifting Fortunes of the White Mesa Utes, 1950–2010

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607811459
Author:
Mcpherson, Robert S
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Author:
McPherson, Robert S.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 13
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 photos, 7 maps
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in 36 oz
Age Level:
from 18 up to 80

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Great Basin

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