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The Cultural Transformation of a Native American Family and Its Tribe


reviewed by Rodney L. Brod 1998

coverTitle: The Cultural Transformation of a Native American Family and Its Tribe
Author(s): Joel Spring
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 080582247X, Pages: , Year: 1996
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A trader and son of French parents in North America, Louis Leflore entered into a polygamous relationship with two mixed-blood sisters, nieces of the famous Choctaw chief Pushmataha, who was commissioned by Andrew Jackson to serve in the War of 1812 as a general in the U.S. Army. Begun as a personal quest to recover his Native American roots, Joel Spring’s project evolved into an interesting and valuable book that describes the intertwining of his own mixed-blood Choctaw ancestors and over one hundred years of history of that tribe’s dealings with the U.S. government. As often happens when tracing one’s American Indian "family tree," along with some notable gaps in the records, the author discovers the insidious and disastrous impacts that government and Protestant missionary civilization and educational policies had on his own family and tribe. Sketching important colonial and tribal cultural differences, the author then describes early U.S. government policies and continuing searches for means of gaining valued southern, and later Oklahoma, tribal land holdings, including... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 3, 1998, p. 596-598
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10279, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 1:55:11 AM

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