Native Networks and the Fredonian Rebellion
Chapters 4 compares the U.S. borderlands of Canada and Mexico to illuminate the threat that icons of intertribal Native resistance such as Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa, and Black Hawk (and the “intellectual trade routes” upon which they relied) embodied for Harrison, Cass, McKenney, and Hall within the national dialogue surrounding Indian Removal. Emphasizing the confrontation of Tecumseh and Harrison at Vincennes in 1810, this chapter considers evidence that Tecumseh knew American Indian Sign Language and may have incorporated elements of it into his oratory—a possibility that has significant implications for the linguistic and cultural histories of intertribal resistance movements and the politics of Pan-Indianism. The chapter closes with the Fredonian Rebellion, Hunter, and Téran in the wake of the Colonization Laws and the widespread displacement of Native peoples into Texas, highlighting the shifting national and racial loyalties of a U.S./Mexico borderlands region undergoing political and demographic upheaval.
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