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Dispossessing the WildernessIndian Removal and the Making of the National Parks$
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Mark David Spence

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142433.001.0001

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Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone

Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone

(p.41) 3 Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone
Dispossessing the Wilderness

Mark David Spence

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Yellowstone's cultural landscape and the people that inhabited the area throughout the historic era. Yellowstone was a landscape that had been shaped by thousands of years of human use and habitation. While small bands of hunters and gatherers made the longest and most persistent use of Yellowstone, larger outlying groups from eastern and western slopes of the Rocky Mountains also exploited the area on a seasonal basis. It also attracted people from distant locales, and indigenous groups traded with the complex horticultural societies that flourished in the Mississippi and upper Rio Grand valleys more than five centuries ago.

Keywords:   Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains, indigenous groups, Rio Grand valleys

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