On the southern frontier in the eighteenth and early nineteenth
centuries, European men-including traders, soldiers, and government
agents-sometimes married Native women. Children of these unions
were known by whites as "half-breeds." The Indian societies into
which they were born, however, had no corresponding concepts of
race or "blood." Moreover, counter to European customs and laws,
Native lineage was traced through the mother only. No familial
status or rights stemmed from the father.
"Mixed Blood" Indians looks at a fascinating array of
such birth- and kin-related issues as they were alternately
misunderstood and astutely exploited by both Native and European
cultures. Theda Perdue discusses the assimilation of non-Indians
into Native societies, their descendants' participation in tribal
life, and the white cultural assumptions conveyed in the
designation "mixed blood." In addition to unions between European
men and Native women, Perdue also considers the special cases
arising from the presence of white women and African men and women
in Indian society.
From the colonial through the early national era, "mixed bloods"
were often in the middle of struggles between white expansionism
and Native cultural survival. That these "half-breeds" often
resisted appeals to their "civilized" blood helped foster an
enduring image of Natives as fickle allies of white politicians,
missionaries, and entrepreneurs. "Mixed Blood" Indians
rereads a number of early writings to show us the Native outlook on
these misperceptions and to make clear that race is too simple a
measure of their-or any peoples'-motives.
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