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When Indians Become Cowboys : Native Peoples and Cattle Ranching in the American West (SIGNED)

Iverson, Peter

ISBN 10: 0806118679 / ISBN 13: 9780806118673
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, 1994
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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Hardcover with dustjacket : very good plus / very good plus. Jacket in new mylar protector. Slight bumping to head of book and jacket spine. 266 pages. Inscribed and signed by author on title page, although he did not use his last name because it is inscribed to a colleague and friend. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 069763

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Title: When Indians Become Cowboys : Native Peoples...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover with Dustjacket

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Book Type: Book

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In this book on Indian cattle ranching, Peter Iverson describes a way of life that has been both economically viable and socially and culturally rewarding. Thus an Indian rancher can demonstrate his generosity and his concern for the well-being of others by giving cattle or beef to relatives, or by feeding people at a celebration. An expert rider possesses a skill appreciated by others. A rancher who raises prime cattle demonstrates that Indians can compete in an activity that dominates the surrounding non-Indian society.

Focusing on the northern plains and the Southwest, Iverson traces the rise and fall of individual and tribal cattle industries against the backdrop of changing federal Indian policies. He describes the Indian Bureau’s inability to recognize that most nineteenth-century reservations were better suited to ranching than farming. Even though allotment and leasing stifled ranching, livestock became symbols and ranching a new means of resisting, adapting, and living--for remaining Native.

In the twentieth century, allotment, leasing, non-Indian competition, and a changing regional economy have limited the long-term economic success of Indian ranching. Although the New Deal era saw some marked improvements in Native ranching operations, Iverson suggests that since the 1960s, Indian and non-Indian ranchers alike have faced the same dilemma that confronted Indians in the nineteenth century: they are surrounded by a society that does not understand them and has different priorities for their land. Cattle ranching is no more likely to disappear than are the Indian communities themselves, but cowboys and Indians, who share a common sense of place and tradition, also share an uncertain future.

 

About the Author:

Peter Iverson, Professor of History at Arizona State University, specializes in twentieth-century Indian history and has published two other books in his field. He received the doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin. He taught for three years in the Navajo Community College of the Navajo Nation and has also held academic positions in the University of Wisconsin and the University of Wyoming.

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