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ERIC Number: EJ904573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Intertribalism in the Ozarks, 1800-1865
Blansett, Kent
American Indian Quarterly, v34 n4 p475-497 Fall 2010
The Ozark Mountains occupy a large area within the state boundaries of southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, and northeastern Oklahoma as well as the southeastern-most tip of Kansas. Missouri and Arkansas make up the bulk of the Ozarks, while Oklahoma and Kansas straddle their outer rim. From 1800 to 1865 the Ozarks region was in constant flux, as migrations of different and distinct nationalities transformed the area. Previous migrations into the Ozarks date back to the Osage, who arrived in the early 1600s from the Great Lakes. Historians of the region have often explained the exchange of cultures typically as a one-way street, seeking to exploit a dichotomy between dominant and inferior, civilized and uncivilized, savage and exceptional, white and Indian. The author has often defined story and storytelling as the cultural and emotional core for a people. This is most evident in the intertribal realities of the Ozarks. This article presents stories that represent a random sampling of Ozark stories collected by ethnographers in the early twentieth century. While Native American scholarship is largely affixed to Native oral traditions, this article seeks to reverse the paradigms of research to focus on how Native peoples have acculturated nonindigenous peoples. These oral stories reflect varied and diverse views that provide agency and speak to the influence of acculturation on tribal worldviews held by Ozarkians. The purpose of this article is to encourage another narrative that exposes the roots of how other races were tribalized or acculturated by their experience with Native peoples. (Contains 30 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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