Representations of Plains Indians along the Oregon Trail

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Show simple item record Abbott, Patrick Kane 2009-10-07T13:36:17Z 2009-10-07T13:36:17Z 2009-10-07T13:36:17Z
dc.description.abstract Monuments and memorials are how we record history on the landscape. History is created, preserved, and remembered by those who envision, design, and ultimately pay a visit to, these sites. The Oregon Trail is replete with interpretive sites relating to various events and people who lived along or traveled this route. From Independence, Missouri to Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming along the Great Plains section of the trail, Plains Indians are represented in thirty-two sites that convey various versions of history. The majority of these sites, twenty-seven, either ignore the Plains Indians or turn them into a stereotypical form of Sioux. These two representations give a sense that “No One is Home” or that “Siouxification” has occurred, a process by applying Sioux cultural traits to non-Sioux Plains Indians. The other five sites are categorized as “Getting It Right.” These sites either portray an accurate or close-to-accurate representation of the Indians and their role along the Oregon Trail. “No One is Home” is found all throughout the trail; “Siouxification” is clustered in the eastern study area; and “Getting It Right” primarily in the eastern portion. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject American Indians en_US
dc.subject Oregon Trail en_US
dc.subject Monuments en_US
dc.subject Memorials en_US
dc.subject Great Plains en_US
dc.title Representations of Plains Indians along the Oregon Trail en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Geography en_US
dc.description.advisor Kevin S. Blake en_US
dc.subject.umi Geography (0366) en_US
dc.subject.umi History, United States (0337) en_US 2009 en_US December en_US

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