By Colin G. Calloway
This awesome, sweeping paintings strains the histories of the local peoples of the yank West from their arrival millions of years in the past to the early years of the 19th century. Emphasizing clash and alter, One great wintry weather count number bargains a brand new examine the early historical past of the zone through mixing ethnohistory, colonial heritage, and frontier background. Drawing on a variety of oral and archival assets from around the West, Colin G. Calloway bargains an remarkable glimpse on the lives of generations of local peoples in a western land quickly to be overrun.
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30 Bone piles at the Colby site in northern Wyoming, where the remains of at least seven mammoths associated with several Clovis points have been interpreted as “insurance caches,” suggest that Clovis hunters were able to kill more meat than they immediately needed and stored portions of carcasses for future use. 31 As Clovis people pioneered their way into the West, some three dozen animal species became extinct. Mammoths, mastodons, camels, giant sloths, giant beavers the size of modern bears, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, American lions and cheetahs, and short-faced bears—twice the size of the grizzly—all disappeared.
28p ——— Normal PgEnds: , (12 1. An Indian map of the Different Tribes that inhabit on the East & West Side of the Rocky Mountains with all the rivers & other remarkbl. Places, also the number of Tents etc. Drawn by the Feathers or ac ko mok-ki—a Blackfoot chief—7th February 1801. Peter Fidler’s redrawn map. 1/25 [n4157]) Land and History in the American West 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 13 maps. Native mapping used different cartographic conventions.
Armed with the information the Indian maps conveyed, they began the process of rethinking, renaming, and remaking the West. But the knowledge of the West was already there. It was extensive in scope and deep in history. 34 To people who have lived there for generations, homelands are not blank space, terra incognita, awaiting someone else’s knowledge and charting. Indians had their own cartographic conceptions, maps that conveyed accumulated knowledge of place and were stored in the memories of individuals who could communicate the information by speech, gesture, and depiction in response to speciﬁc needs and requests.