While scholars generally assume that villages and tribes ordered Indian Country in the past, there are few community studies to either support or challenge this view. Reconstructing local life along the Wabash Valley through maps, language, and ethnobotany illustrates how people (Miami, Shawnee, and others) practiced their ethnicities in the late eighteenth century. On the ground, culture and politics remained fundamentally ordered by Native residents even as they underwent a process of military conquest. In turn, this paper examines how these townspeople created or resisted Indian national identities and politics.
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