The Menomini Indians of Wisconsin: A Study of Three Centuries of Cultural Contact and Change Felix M. Keesing

ISBN: 9780299109745

Published: February 15th 1987

Paperback

280 pages


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The Menomini Indians of Wisconsin: A Study of Three Centuries of Cultural Contact and Change  by  Felix M. Keesing

The Menomini Indians of Wisconsin: A Study of Three Centuries of Cultural Contact and Change by Felix M. Keesing
February 15th 1987 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 280 pages | ISBN: 9780299109745 | 7.46 Mb

Archaeologists identify the Menomini as descendants of the Middle Woodland Indians, who flourished in the area for thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived. According to Menomini legend, their people emerged from the ground near theMoreArchaeologists identify the Menomini as descendants of the Middle Woodland Indians, who flourished in the area for thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived. According to Menomini legend, their people emerged from the ground near the mouth of the Menominee River.

It was along that river that Sieur Jean Nicolet first encountered the Menomini in 1634.The Menomini, a peaceful people, lived by farming, hunting, fishing, and gathering wild rice. Perhaps because of their peaceful nature their name was not generally found in the white military annals, and they were largely unknown until 1892, when Walter James Hoffman published a detailed ethnographic account of them.Felix Keesings classic 1939 work on the Menomini is one of the most detailed, authoritative, and useful accounts of their history and culture. It superseded Hoffmans earlier work because of Keesings modern methods of research.

This work was among the first monographs on an American Indian people to employ a model of acculturation, and it is also an excellent early example of what is now called ethnohistory. It served as a model of anthropological research for decades after its publication.Keesings work, reprinted in this new Wisconsin edition, will continue to serve as a comprehensive introduction for the general reader, a book respected by both anthropologists and historians, and by the Menomini themselves.

It is still the most important study of Menomini life up until 1939.



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