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Beneath the Backbone of the World: Blackfoot People and the North American Borderlands, 1720-1877

Ryan Hall


For the better part of two centuries, between 1720 and 1877, the Blackfoot (Niitsitapi) people controlled a vast region of what is now the U.S. and Canadian Great Plains. As one of the most expansive and powerful Indigenous groups on the continent, they dominated the northern imperial borderlands of North America. The Blackfoot maintained their control even as their homeland became the site of intense competition between white fur traders, frequent warfare between Indigenous nations, and profound ecological transformation. In an era of violent and wrenching change, Blackfoot people relied on t ... More

Keywords: Blackfoot, Indigenous, Borderlands, Fur Trade, Great Plains

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655154
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Hall, author
Colgate University

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