Synopses & Reviews
Cultural boundaries exist wherever cultures encounter one another. During centuries of contact between native peoples and others in America, countless intermediariesand#150;artists, students, traders, interpreters, political figures, authors, even performersand#150;have bridged the divide. Between Indian and White Worlds: The Cultural Broker provides a new understanding of the role of these mediation in North America from 1690 to the present.
Cultural brokers have shared certain qualitiesand#150;in particular a thorough understanding of two of more cultures. Living on the edge of change and conflict, they have responded to evolving and unstable circumstances or alliances with a flexibility born of their determination to bring understanding to disparate peoples.
No composite portrait can encompass the complexity of the brokerage experience. To convey the many roles of these intermediaries, editor Margaret Connell Szasz has brought together fourteen distinct portraits, crafted by prominent scholars of Indian-white relations, of brokers across the continent and throughout three centuries of American historyand#150;in the colonial world, during the expansion of the republic, in the Wild West, and in the twentieth century.
This fascinating and inspiring collection speaks eloquently of life on the cultural frontier. Key figures in our pluralistic heritage, cultural brokers are no less important today, as society continues to struggle with diversity.
During centuries of contact between native peoples and Euro-Americans, countless intermediaries--artists, traders, interpreters, political figures, and authors--have bridged the divides between divergent cultures
About the Author
Margaret Connell Szasz teaches courses in American Indian history at the University of New Mexico. Her publications include Education and the American Indian: The Road to self-Determination since 1928 and Indian Education in the American Colonies: 1607-1783.