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Examines the origins, efficacy, legacy, and consequences of envisioning both Native and non-Native “worlds.”
Beyond Two Worlds brings together scholars of Native history and Native American studies to offer fresh insights into the methodological and conceptual significance of the “two-worlds framework.” They address the following questions: Where did the two-worlds framework originate? How has it changed over time? How does it continue to operate in today’s world? Most people recognize the language of binaries birthed by the two-worlds trope—savage and civilized, East and West, primitive and modern. For more than four centuries, this lexicon has served as a grammar for settler colonialism. While many scholars have chastised this type of terminology in recent years, the power behind these words persists. With imagination and a critical evaluation of how language, politics, economics, and culture all influence the expectations that we place on one another, the contributors to this volume rethink the two-worlds trope, adding considerably to our understanding of the past and present.
“...a valuable contribution to scholars and community members alike.” — H-Net Reviews (H-AmIndian)
James Joseph Buss is Associate Professor of History at Salisbury University and author of Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes. C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa is Assistant Professor of History at Illinois College and author of Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface Malinda Maynor Lowery
Introduction: The World Is Not Enough James Joseph Buss and C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa
Part I: Historical Antecedents
1. “To Live and Die with Them”: Wendat Reactions to “Worldly” Rhetoric in the Land of the Dead Kathryn Magee Labelle
2. “Willingly Complied and Removed to the Fort”: The Secret History of Competing Anglo-Visions for Virginia’s Southwest Kristalyn Marie Shefveland
3. The Development of Two Worlds: British and Cherokee Spatial Understandings in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast Ian D. Chambers
Interlude: Diagramming Worlds Nancy Shoemaker
Part II: The Real and the Imagined
4. Imagined Worlds and Archival Realities: The Patchwork World of Early Nineteenth-Century Indiana James Joseph Buss
5. The Indians’ Capital City: Diplomatic Visits, Place, and Two-Worlds Discourse in Nineteenth-Century Washington, DC C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa
6. Under One Big Tent: Race, Resistance, and Community Building in Two Nineteenth-Century Circus Towns Sakina M. Hughes
Interlude: Of Two Worlds and Intimate Domains Susan E. Gray
Part III: Consequences and Implications
7. nahi meehtohseeniwinki: iilinweeyankwi neehi iši meehtohseeniwiyankwi aatotamankwi: To Live Well: Our Language and Our Lives George Ironstrack
8. Moving in Multiple Worlds: Native Indian Service Employees Cathleen D. Cahill
Interlude: Working and Between-ness
Part IV: Beyond Two Worlds
9. “born in the opposition”: D’Arcy McNickle, Ethnobiographically Daniel M. Cobb, Kyle D. Fields, and Joseph Cheatle
10. To Come to a Better Understanding: Complicating the “Two-Worlds” Trope Sande Garner
Afterword: How Many Worlds?: Place, Power, and Incommensurability Coll Thrush