Prophetic Worlds

Paperback | September 1, 2003

byChristopher L. MillerForeword byChris Friday

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In his provocative ethnohistory, Christopher Miller offers an innovative reinterpretation of relations between Native Americans and Christian settlers on the Columbia Plateau. Miller draws on a wealth of ethnographic resources to show how culturally-derived perceptions and systems of rationality played more of a determining role in the interactions between these two groups than did material forces. Initially, Plateau Indians and the American missionaries who came to convert them perceived each other as crucial to the fulfillment of their own millennial destiny. When these views were contravened, relations quickly and fatally soured. In explaining this devolution, Prophetic Worlds provides a novel and insightful rendering of the cultural understandings that underwrote the mid-nineteenth-century transformation of life on the Plateau.

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In his provocative ethnohistory, Christopher Miller offers an innovative reinterpretation of relations between Native Americans and Christian settlers on the Columbia Plateau. Miller draws on a wealth of ethnographic resources to show how culturally-derived perceptions and systems of rationality played more of a determining role in the...

Christopher L. Miller is associate professor of history and philosophy at the University of Texas-Pan American. His recent work includes Making America: A History of the United States.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.49 inPublished:September 1, 2003Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295983027

ISBN - 13:9780295983028

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2003 Edition, by Chris FridayPreface to the 2003 EditionAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. The Plateau WorldChapter 2. The Eighteenth-Century CrisisChapter 3. The Plateau ProphecyChapter 4. The Prophecy UnfoldsChapter 5. The White ProphecyChapter 6. The Prophets MeetChapter 7. The Converging MillenniaChapter 8. The World Will Fall to PiecesEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex

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Miller’s revisionist proposal deserves attention for its erudition and ingenuity... and as a challenge to reassess one’s own reading of this complex juncture of historical and anthropological evidence.

- Western Historical Quarterly