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The Indian Traders

The Indian Traders

ISBN: 9780806122137
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication Date: 2014-05-07
Number of pages: 436
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“We have no concept of Indian traders to match our nearly universal picture of the American cowboy, the cavalryman of Indian-fighting days, or the pioneer settler who followed in their wake,” wrote Frank McNitt. In The Indian Traders men like Lorenzo Hubbell  of Ganado Trading Post and  Thomas Keam, hidden  in his canyon, are put into perspective, no longer merely shadowy figures  moving through the  history of the West.

In the Southwest, traders like John D. Lee, Thomas Keam, and old Dan DuBois, moving far ahead of the homesteaders, realized their effectiveness as an influence for the Indians' good. While Indian agents often served their own interests—financial, religious, or political—traders knew that if Indians did not achieve a greater degree of prosperity, traders could never succeed. Whether it was Keam rescuing the Navahos from Agent William F. M. Arny’s exploitation and offering his buildings for a Hopi school, Frank Noel mediating their differences with the government, or John B. Moore publicizing and improving Navaho weaving, traders have helped better the lot of Indian artists.

From the Bents and St. Vrain to modern vendors selling jewelry and groceries to tourists, the traders of New Mexico and Arizona have been the bridge between cultures. Based on interviews, letters, and unpublished documents, The Indian Traders helps complete the history of the Southwest.

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