This dual biography highlights the human dimensions of the Upper Missouri fur trade Focusing on two major figures, Alexander Culbertson 1809 1879 , trader with the American Fur Company, founder of Fort Benton, and the first white American to live among the Blackfeet Indians, and his wife, Natoyist Siksina Holy Snake 1825 1893 , daughter of Two Suns, the chief of the Blood Kainah tribe, Lesley Wischmann shows the great influence this couple had on the region Culbertson and Natoyist Siksina worked together for thirty years to promote cooperative relations between Native inhabitants and newly arrived white adventurers and played key roles in the Fort Laramie Treaty Conference of 1851 and treaty negotiations with the Blackfeet tribes in 1855 As she tells the story of these frontier diplomats, Wischmann also challenges conventional wisdom about the character of fur traders, the nature of the Blackfeet, and the role of Indian women....
|Title||:||Frontier Diplomats: Alexander Culbertson and Natoyist-Siksina among the Blackfeet|
|Publisher||:||University of Oklahoma Press April 19, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
|File Size||:||883 KB|
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Frontier Diplomats: Alexander Culbertson and Natoyist-Siksina among the Blackfeet Reviews
Lesley Wischmann does an impeccable job in this text of illustrating the intricate connections between the life of fur trappers and indigenous populations in the Rocky Mountain west. Charting the personalities, experiences, and cultural norms is no easy task for a historian examining the period between 1806 and 1880 along the Missouri river. Wischmann has done an excellent job. I would highly recommend this text to anyone interested in this period of history.
The history in this book was very informative, thorough, and interesting! The author did an excellent work. I drove through Culbertson Montana just recently, but the museum was not yet open. I have visited the museum at Fort Union in the past, though. However, this book goes into much more detail on the history behind Alexander Culbertson.
I much enjoyed this book, much more history here than just the work of Culbertson and Natawista. The research is
Having lived among the Blackfeet and discovering that my Dr. here in WI is related to the main characters, this was a great read and one that kept my attention. Having the map in the book helped identify the places that they had traveled. Anyone interested in American Indians, especially the Blackfeet will enjoy this book. Cabke