Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian Change by David Rich Lewis

Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian Change

byDavid Rich Lewis

Paperback | October 1, 1997

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During the nineteenth century, Americans looked to the eventual civilization and assimilation of Native Americans through a process of removal, reservation, and directed culture change. Neither Wolf Nor Dog explores the experiences of three groups--Northern Utes, Hupas, and TohonoO'odhams--with settled reservation and allotted agriculture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Each group inhabited a different environment, and their cultural traditions reflected distinct subsistence adaptations to life in the western United States. Author David Rich Lewis shows how each group experienced the full weight of federal agrarian policy yet responded differently, in culturally consistent ways, to subsistence change and the resulting social and environmental consequences. Attempts to establish successful agricultural economiesultimately failed as each group reproduced its own cultural values in a diminished and rapidly changing environment. In the end, Lewis demonstrates, such policies and agrarian experiences left Indian farmers marginally incorporated and economically dependent.

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David Rich Lewis is Associate Professor of History at Utah State University and Associate Editor of the Western Historical Quarterly.

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Title:Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195117943

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The experiences of three Native American groups--Northern Utes, Hupas, and Tohono O'odhams--with settled reservation and allotted agriculture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Author David Rich Lewis shows how each group experienced the full weight of federal agrarian policy yet responded differently, in culturally consistent ways, to subsistence change and the resulting social and environmental consequences. Illustrations. Maps.

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"David Rich Lewis's Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian Change effectively demonstrates how informative and useful case-study history can be."--The Journal of Arizona History