White People, Indians, and Highlanders: Tribal People and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and…

Paperback | March 29, 2010

byColin G. Calloway

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In nineteenth century paintings, the proud Indian warrior and the Scottish Highland chief appear in similar ways--colorful and wild, righteous and warlike, the last of their kind. Earlier accounts depict both as barbarians, lacking in culture and in need of civilization. By the nineteenthcentury, intermarriage and cultural contact between the two - described during the Seven Years' War as cousins - was such that Cree, Mohawk, Cherokee, and Salish were often spoken with Gaelic accents.In this imaginative work of imperial and tribal history, Colin Calloway examines why these two seemingly wildly disparate groups appear to have so much in common.Both Highland clans and Native American societies underwent parallel experiences on the peripheries of Britain's empire, and often encountered one another on the frontier. Indeed, Highlanders and American Indians fought, traded, and lived together. Both groups were treated as tribal peoples -remnants of a barbaric past - and eventually forced from their ancestral lands as their traditional food sources - cattle in the Highlands and bison on the Great Plains - were decimated to make way for livestock farming. In a familiar pattern, the cultures that conquered them would later romanticizethe very ways of life they had destroyed.White People, Indians, and Highlanders illustrates how these groups alternately resisted and accommodated the cultural and economic assault of colonialism, before their eventual dispossession during the Highland Clearances and Indian Removals. What emerges is a finely-drawn portrait of howindigenous peoples with their own rich identities experienced cultural change, economic transformation, and demographic dislocation amidst the growing power of the British and American empires.

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In nineteenth century paintings, the proud Indian warrior and the Scottish Highland chief appear in similar ways--colorful and wild, righteous and warlike, the last of their kind. Earlier accounts depict both as barbarians, lacking in culture and in need of civilization. By the nineteenthcentury, intermarriage and cultural contact betw...

Colin G. Calloway is John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College. Author of The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America (OUP, 2006); One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (University of Nebraska Press, 2003; winner of six...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.98 inPublished:March 29, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Cycles of Conquest and Colonization2. Scots and Indians in a Changing World3. Savage Peoples and Civilizing Powers4. Warriors and Soldiers5. Highland Traders and Indian Hunters6. Highland Traders and Indian Hunters7. Highland Men and Indian Families8. Highland Settlers and Indian Lands9. Empires, Myths, and New TraditionsEpilogue: History, Heritage, and Identity

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"Calloway reminds us how much the past remains within the present; hence the identities claimed by Scots, Indians, and Indian Scots today have been forged by their colonial experiences, their uprooting, and their many encounters with each other from the seventeenth century forward." --Margaret Connell Szasz, Journal of British Studies