Native American Ecology: Two Perspectives

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 in CH 201

"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 sustainable ways.


These presentations are sponsored by the Center for Rural and Regional Studies and The Society for the Study of Local and Regional History.

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