Geographies of Power

Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands’ of the Early Southwest
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Thursday, October 28, 2010

5:30 - 6:30 pm

2-West

Juliana Barr, University of Florida

“Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the ‘Borderlands’ of the Early Southwest” confronts the problem that, in pursuing inclusive models for the intersections of diverse people across North America, early American scholars have lost sight of the integrity of bordered Indian domains and the power that gave them in their interactions with Europeans.  In contrast to notions of early America as an undefined territory through which Europeans and Indians moved, traded, made treaties, and made war in lands neither could fully claim, this paper seeks to illustrate how different Indian polities created and maintained borders, and how such borders functioned as clear manifestations of sovereignty.

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