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Living with Strangers The Nineteenth-Century Sioux and the Canadian-American Borderlands by David G. McCrady

Living with Strangers The Nineteenth-Century Sioux and the Canadian-American Borderlands


Living with Strangers The Nineteenth-Century Sioux and the Canadian-American Borderlands by David G. McCrady

Now in paperback, Living with Strangers tells the story of the Sioux who moved into the Canadian-American borderlands in the later years of the nineteenth century. David G. McCrady's award-winning study crosses national boundaries to examine how Native peoples on both sides of the border reacted to the arrival of the Sioux. Using material from archives across North America, including Canadian and American government documents, Lakota winter counts, and oral histories, McCrady reveals that the nineteenth-century Sioux acted with spirited self-interest across the Canadian-American border. The Sioux's shifting tactical use of the Canada-United States boundary helped them to create cross-border trading competitions, to open negotiations with both governments to determine which country would accord them better treatment, and to use the border as a shield in times of war with the United States. Living with Strangers takes readers beyond the traditional dichotomy of the Canadian and the American West to reveal significant and previously unknown strands in Sioux history.


'In this intensively researched and tightly executed book, David McCrady illuminates important aspects of the much-neglected history of Sioux people living in the Canadian-American borderlands in the late-nineteenth century ... Living With Strangers not only makes a valuable contribution to the literature on the Sioux, it challenges all historians of North America to overcome the limitations of remaining on one side of the continent's national borders.'
Jeffrey Ostler, Western Historical Quarterly

'There is much to compliment in Living with Strangers. It shifts the historical border focus from Canada-United States national studies by uncovering northern Sioux border history and explaining tribal relationship with the international boundary.'
Richmond L. Clow, Journal of American History

'Living with Strangers serves as a valuable corrective lens to the national blinkers that limit some historians'
vision. It suggests the need for further studies of Native peoples divided by European

-imposed boundaries in North America and on other continents.
William A. Dobak, American Indian Culture and Research Journal

'This [book] will work well for courses on the Northern Plains, the North American West, and Native American/First Nations history. Especially useful for class settings will be the introductory and concluding chapters that spell out reasons to study comparative and transnational history ... [Living with Strangers] presents a deep sense of place and adds significantly to historians'
growing understanding of the borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests

Sterling Evans, American Historical Review

About the Author

David G. McCrady is an independent historian living in Winnipeg.

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Publication date

11th September 2009


David G. McCrady

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University of Toronto Press


200 pages


Social & cultural history



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