"Native American Economics and Ecology
in the Central Grasslands, 1840-1870"
James E. Sherow, 3:00 p.m.
James Sherow, an associate professor of history
at Kansas State University, received his Ph.D. from the
University of Colorado in 1987. He is the author of Watering
the Valley (1990), and editor of the anthology, A
Sense of the American West (1998).
The intersection of ecology and economics is still
only roughly understood. Trading throughout the grasslands
affected more than bison and horse herds. The entire ecology
of the region underwent dramatic changes. Dr. Sherow applies
theories of evolution to these trade patterns and ramifications
to explain the shift from barter to monetary trade, and
the corresponding eclipse of horse-borne hunting cultures
along with the ecosystems that supported that economy
and those peoples.
"Two Measures: Kiowa Agriculture
in Oklahoma Territory"
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, 4:00 p.m.
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow is an associate professor
of History at Kansas State University, where she has taught
agricultural, environmental and Native American history
since 1998. Professor Lynn-Sherow's book, Red Earth:
An Agricultural and Social History of Oklahoma Territory
is forthcoming from University Press of Kansas.
The Kiowa people of southwest Oklahoma are
not generally regarded as successful agriculturalists.
Certainly white farmers did not hold their Kiowa neighbors
in high regard. This examination of Kiowa resource use
between 1870 and 1907, covering a broader spectrum of
Kiowa resource use, reveals that by any measure of success
the Kiowas were able to meet their needs in creative and