Histories of Indigenous Urbanization
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
346 Pages | 6 x 9 | 19 b&w illus.
The authors—Native and non-Native, anthropologists and geographers as well as historians—use the term “Indian cities” to represent collective urban spaces established and regulated by a range of institutions, organizations, churches, and businesses. These urban institutions have strengthened tribal and intertribal identities, creating new forms of shared experience and giving rise to new practices of Indigeneity. Some of the essays in this volume explore Native participation in everyday economic activities, whether in the commerce of colonial Charleston or in the early development of New Orleans. Others show how Native Americans became entwined in the symbolism associated with Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C., with dramatically different consequences for Native and non-Native perspectives. Still others describe the roles local Indigenous community groups have played in building urban Native American communities, from Dallas to Winnipeg.
All the contributions to this volume show how, from colonial times to the present day, Indigenous people have shaped and been shaped by urban spaces. Collectively they demonstrate that urban history and Indigenous history are incomplete without each other.
“Covering a broad range of topics, Indian Cities provides valuable insights into the urban spaces created by Native Americans while race relations were being redefined. This book calls for us to rethink the whole context of Indian-white relations as an integral part of urban America.”—Donald L. Fixico (Shawnee, Sac & Fox, Muscogee, and Seminole), author of The Urban Indian Experience in America