9780299216849

Buried Indians : Digging up the Past in a Midwestern Town

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  • ISBN13:

    9780299216849

  • ISBN10:

    0299216845

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-04-28
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr

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Summary

InBuried Indians, Laurie Hovell McMillin presents the struggle of her hometown, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, to determine whether platform mounds atop Trempealeau Mountain constitute authentic Indian mounds. This dispute, as McMillin subtly demonstrates, reveals much about the attitude and interaction-past and present-between the white and Indian inhabitants of this Midwestern town. McMillin's account, rich in detail and sensitive to current political issues of American Indian interactions with the dominant European American culture, locates two opposing views: one that denies a Native American presence outright and one that asserts its long history and ruthless destruction. The highly reflective oral histories McMillin includes turnBuried Indiansinto an accessible, readable portrait of a uniquely American culture clash and a dramatic narrative grounded in people's genuine perceptions of what the platform mounds mean.

Author Biography

Laurie Hovell McMillin is associate professor of rhetoric, composition, and religion at Oberlin College, Ohio. She is the author of English in Tibet, Tibet in English: Self-Presentation in Tibet and the Diaspora.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Part I. The Surface
1(50)
Routes
3(3)
The Lay of the Land
6(4)
Farmers
10(3)
History
13(2)
Old Things
15(2)
Mascots
17(2)
Casino
19(2)
Memorials
21(2)
Church
23(2)
The Project
25(3)
How I Got Started
28(2)
Playing Indian
30(3)
Who Lived Here
33(18)
Part II. What's under the Surface
51(96)
Digging In
53(14)
Connections
67(1)
Double Cousins
68(3)
The Past
71(7)
Hunting
78(1)
Squier's Mounds
79(11)
Mississippian Culture and the Platform Mounds
90(8)
Progress
98(3)
Departures
101(4)
Farmers Again
105(2)
Mother
107(2)
Horses
109(2)
The Dead
111(1)
Platform Controversy Beginnings
112(6)
Storytelling
118(3)
Trempealeau Mountain
121(6)
Rendezvous
127(4)
Arrowheads
131(5)
Local Informant
136(2)
A Thing of the Present
138(6)
View
144(3)
Part III. What's at the Bottom
147(78)
Scientific Method
149(3)
Gale and Squier
152(7)
Platform Controversy Again
159(5)
Opening Day
164(2)
Mascots Again
166(11)
Genealogy
177(4)
Names
181(4)
Dead Indians
185(8)
Natural History
193(2)
Trempealeau Mountain Again
195(2)
The Removals
197(9)
What We Tell Ourselves
206(1)
Epiphany
207(1)
Excavation
208(3)
No Fools
211(1)
My Meeting with Harold
212(13)
Part IV. Backfill
225(38)
Putting It Back Together
227(1)
Passing On
227(4)
Education
231(4)
Journeys
235(2)
Powwow
237(5)
More Mounds
242(3)
More Views
245(1)
Preservation
246(5)
One More Time to Trempealeau Mountain
251(2)
To the Platform Mounds
253(2)
And Home Again
255(2)
Finishing Up
257(6)
Notes 263

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