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Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone

Mark David Spence

in Dispossessing the Wilderness

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195142433
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848812 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142433.003.0004
Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone

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This chapter discusses Yellowstone's cultural landscape and the people that inhabited the area throughout the historic era. Yellowstone was a landscape that had been shaped by thousands of years of human use and habitation. While small bands of hunters and gatherers made the longest and most persistent use of Yellowstone, larger outlying groups from eastern and western slopes of the Rocky Mountains also exploited the area on a seasonal basis. It also attracted people from distant locales, and indigenous groups traded with the complex horticultural societies that flourished in the Mississippi and upper Rio Grand valleys more than five centuries ago.

Keywords: Yellowstone; Rocky Mountains; indigenous groups; Rio Grand valleys

Chapter.  6312 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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