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The Road on Which We Came
Po’i Pentun Tammen Kimmappeh, A History of the Western Shoshone
Steven J. Crum
A hundred forty years ago, the Western Shoshone occupied a vast area of present-day Nevada—from Idaho in the north to Death Valley in the south. Today, the Newe hold a fraction of their former territory, still practicing native lifeways while accepting many aspect of American culture. Their story deserves telling.
The Road on Which We Came is the first comprehensive history of the Great Basin Shoshone. Written by historian Steven Crum, an enrolled tribal member, this book presents the Shoshone as an active force in their own history, effectively adapting to harsh physical environment, defending their territory in the nineteenth century, and working to modify or reject assimilationists policy in the present.
Noting that Native American history did not end with Wounded Knee, Crum gives substantial attention to twentieth-century events up to 1990 and emphasizes that in every period tribal actions can be characterized by a plurality of voices and opinions.
Steven J. Crum is professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis.
Table of Contents:
1. The Native Way of Life
2. Warfare and Adjustment: The Western Shoshone and the Americans, 1848–1880
3. The Western Shoshone Reservation (Duck Valley), 1880–1933
4. The Nonreservation Shoshone, 1880–1933
5. The Western Shoshone and the New Deal, 1933–1941
6. From the New Deal to Termination, 1941–1960
7. Recent Western Shoshone History, 1960–1990
Praise and Reviews:
“The first comprehensive history of the Western Shoshone. Historians of the 20th century American West or anyone interested in tribal histories should be satisfied with this solid history.”
—Journal of the West
“The definitive history of the tribe. A thorough, balanced history of a group that endured much of the sad, bad ills of white incursions yet maintained its culture in significant ways.”
—Books of the Southwest
“A definitive history of a people who have never before had an all-inclusive account. Kudos for Crum.”
—Utah Historical Quarterly
“Refreshing and significant. The research undertaken for the book is deep, comprehensive, and thoroughly documented. The text is well organized and has exceptional clarity. This book is a fine contribution to the now extensive literature on Native Americans, especially with an author who understands the nuances and unique circumstances involved in the history of the Western Shoshone.”
“A thorough and insightful history of the Newe. Crum’s far-reaching research, especially in twentieth-century documents, reveals rich details about Shoshone experience.”
—Western Historical Quarterly
“More than a conventional ‘Indian policy’ study.”
“This book improves on the genre.”
—American Historical Review
“Intriguing. Sets a new academic standard in Shoshone historical literature. It is well-researched and the incorporation of non-traditional sources such as songs and oral tradition significantly add to its value. Unlike so many accounts of Native-American life, the voice of the Western Shoshone comes through clearly in this book.”
—Nevada Historical Society Quarterly