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Ethnology and EmpireLanguages, Literature, and the Making of the North American Borderlands$
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Robert Gunn

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9781479842582

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479842582.001.0001

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Connecting Borderlands

Connecting Borderlands

Native Networks and the Fredonian Rebellion

(p.114) 4 Connecting Borderlands
Ethnology and Empire

Robert Lawrence Gunn

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   Tecumseh, Harrison, Black Hawk, McKenney, Pan-Indianism, networks, intellectual trade routes, Fredonian Rebellion, Téran, borderlands

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