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Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the Mandan people

Author: Elizabeth A Fenn
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A book that radically changes our understanding of North America before and after the arrival of Europeans Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth A Fenn
ISBN: 9780809042395 0809042398 9780374535117 0374535116
OCLC Number: 846545690
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for History, 2015
Description: xix, 456 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Discovering the heart of the world. --
Migrations: The making of the Mandan people --
Contacts: Villages and newcomers --
Earthwork: The substance of daily life --
Connections: Sustained European contact begins --
Inventions and reinventions. --
Customs: The spirits of daily life --
Upheavals: Eighteenth-century transformations --
Scourge: The smallpox of 1781 --
At the heart of many worlds. --
Convergences: Forces beyond the horizon --
Hosts: The Mandans receive Lewis and Clark --
Corn: The fuel of Plains commerce --
New adversities. --
Sheheke: The metamorphosis of a chief --
Reorientation: The United States and the Upper Missouri --
Visitations: Rats, steamboats, and the Sioux --
Decimation: "The smallpox has broke out."
Responsibility: Elizabeth A. Fenn.
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