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Indian Traders

McNitt, Frank

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ISBN 10: 0806105313 / ISBN 13: 9780806105314
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 1972
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Fine in a NF DJ that is price-clipped; Important scholarly work on the traders of the southwest. Covers Bent's Fort, Navajo and Hopi traders and more. Maps, photos in color & b&w. ; 9.30 X 6 X 1.40 inches; 393 p. Bookseller Inventory # 34309

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Title: Indian Traders

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: NF

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“We have no concept of Indian traders to match our nearly universal picture of the American cowboy, the cavalryman of Indian-fighting days, or the pioneer settler who followed in their wake,” wrote Frank McNitt. In The Indian Traders men like Lorenzo Hubbell  of Ganado Trading Post and  Thomas Keam, hidden  in his canyon, are put into perspective, no longer merely shadowy figures  moving through the  history of the West.

In the Southwest, traders like John D. Lee, Thomas Keam, and old Dan DuBois, moving far ahead of the homesteaders, realized their effectiveness as an influence for the Indians' good. While Indian agents often served their own interests—financial, religious, or political—traders knew that if Indians did not achieve a greater degree of prosperity, traders could never succeed. Whether it was Keam rescuing the Navahos from Agent William F. M. Arny’s exploitation and offering his buildings for a Hopi school, Frank Noel mediating their differences with the government, or John B. Moore publicizing and improving Navaho weaving, traders have helped better the lot of Indian artists.

From the Bents and St. Vrain to modern vendors selling jewelry and groceries to tourists, the traders of New Mexico and Arizona have been the bridge between cultures. Based on interviews, letters, and unpublished documents, The Indian Traders helps complete the history of the Southwest.

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Frank McNitt was a leading authority on southwestern history.

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