Fit for War: Sustenance and Order in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Catawba Nation

Fitts combines archaeology and ethnohistory to explore Catawba strategies for retaining sovereignty and power in the colonial era A model of interdisciplinary methodology, this book offers new insights into coalescence, colonialism, and Indigenous persistence Christina Snyder, author of Slavery in Indian Country The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America Skill Fitts combines archaeology and ethnohistory to explore Catawba strategies for retaining sovereignty and power in the colonial era A model of interdisciplinary methodology, this book offers new insights into coalescence, colonialism, and Indigenous persistence Christina Snyder, author of Slavery in Indian Country The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America Skillfully mobilizes a rich array of historical and archaeological evidence to recover from obscurity the decisive role that Catawba women played in guiding their society through highly precarious times Daniel H Usner Jr author of Indian Work Language and Livelihood in Native American History A fascinating glimpse of the Catawba Nation during this critical period Fitts succeeds in tracing the mechanics of individual decisions that laid the groundwork for collective change William L Ramsey, author of The Yamasee War A Study of Culture, Economy, and Conflict in the Colonial South The Catawba Nat ion played an important role in the early colonial Southeast, serving as a military ally of the British and a haven for refugees from other native groups, yet it has largely been overlooked by scholars and the public Fit for War explains how the Nation maintained its sovereignty while continuing to reside in its precolonial homeland near present day Charlotte, North Carolina Drawing from colonial archives and new archaeological data, Mary Elizabeth Fitts shows that militarization helped the Catawba maintain political autonomy but forced them to consolidate their settlements and with settler encroachment and a regional drought led to a food crisis Focusing on craft and foodways, Fitts uncovers the dynamic interactions between mid eighteenth century Catawba communities, as well as how Catawba women worked to feed the Nation, a story missing from colonial records Her research highlights the double edged nature of tactics available to American Indian groups seeking to keep their independence in the face of colonization A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History Ripley P Bullen Series
Fit for War Sustenance and Order in the Mid Eighteenth Century Catawba Nation Fitts combines archaeology and ethnohistory to explore Catawba strategies for retaining sovereignty and power in the colonial era A model of interdisciplinary methodology this book offers new insight

  • Title: Fit for War: Sustenance and Order in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Catawba Nation
  • Author: Mary Elizabeth Fitts
  • ISBN: 9781683400059
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
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