Disrupted Identities: Colonialism, Personhood, and Frontier Forts

Resources Inside This Collection (Viewing 1-8 of 8)

  • Documents (8)

  • Disrupted Identities and Frontier Forts: Enlisted men and officers at Fort Lane, Oregon Territory, 1853-1855. (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mark A. Tveskov.

    Frontiers are contingent and dynamic arenas for the negotiation, entrenchment, and innovation of identity.  The imposing materiality of fortifications and their prominence in colonial topographies make them ideal laboratories to examine this dynamic.  This paper presents the results of large scale excavations in 2011 and 2012 at the officers’ quarters and enlisted men's barracks at Fort Lane, a U.S. Army post used during the Rogue River Wars of southern Oregon from 1853 to 1855.  I consider how...

  • Flat Ontologies, Identity and Space at Carolina Forts (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Charles R. Cobb.

    English forts in the Carolina colony embody the ongoing struggle between the ambitions of imperial impositions and the aspirations of frontier autonomy. This tension is acutely reflected in the spatial organization of forts. Whereas colonial authorities sought to separate Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans through the formal segregation of the built environment, life on the frontier encouraged a fluidity in space and identity. The theoretical construct of flat ontologies can be used to...

  • Forts on Burial Mounds: Strategies of Colonization in the Dakota Homeland (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sigrid Arnott. David Maki.

    For hundreds of years, Upper Midwest Dakota constructed burial earthworks at natural liminal spaces. These sacred landscapes signaled boundaries between sky, earth, and water realms; the living and the dead; and local bands. During the 19th century, the U.S. Government took ownership of Dakota homelands in Minnesota and the Dakotas leading to decades of violent conflict. At the boundaries of conflict forts were built to help the military "sweep the region now occupied by hostiles" and protect...

  • Identities in Flux at an American Frontier Fort: A Study of 19th Century Army Laundresses at Fort Davis, Texas (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Katrina C. L. Eichner.

    As spaces of translation, frontiers and boundaries are the ideal location to study personhood and identity as inhabitants of these landscapes constantly experience and actively negotiate between the multiple live realities that are shaped by often conflicting ideologies. I propose the use of third-space as a framework for understanding the fragmentation and fluidity of experience in the American frontier during the 19th century. Using materials related daily life at a multi-ethnoracial, western...

  • In the Crossfire of Canons: A Study of Status, Space, and Interaction at Mid-19th Century Vancouver Barracks, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Elizabeth A. Horton.

    The U.S. Army’s Fort Vancouver in southwest Washington served as the headquarters for the U.S. Army’s Pacific Northwest exploration and campaigns from 1849 to World War II. During the mid-19th century, members of the military community operated within a rigid social climate with firm cultural expectations and rules of behavior that articulated with Victorian notions of gentility. Excavations of residential areas occupied by junior officers, non-commissioned officers, laundresses, and enlisted...

  • The Negotiation of Class, Rank and Authority within U. S. Army Commissioned Officers: Examples from Fort Yamhill and Fort Hoskins, Oregon, 1856-1866. (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin E Eichelberger.

    As part of the Federal policy toward colonizing the West Fort Yamhill and Fort Hoskins, 1856-1866, were established to guard the Oregon Coast Reservation and served as post-graduate schools for several officers who became high ranking generals during the American Civil War.  During their service these men, often affluent and well educated, held the highest social, economic and military ranks at these frontier military posts.  This paper examines the material culture excavated from six of the...

  • Transferprinted Gastroliths And Identity At Fort Vancouver’s Village (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Emily C. Taber. Douglas C. Wilson. Robert J. Cromwell. Katie A. Wynia. Alice Knowles.

    Transferprinted ceramics and other objects ingested by fowl provide unique data on the household production associated with a fur trade center in the Pacific Northwest. Gastroliths are an indicator of the use of avifauna at archaeological sites, specifically of the Order Galliformes. The presence of ceramic, glass, and other gastroliths at house sites within Fort Vancouver’s Village provide evidence for the keeping and consumption of domestic fowl including chickens and turkeys. The presence and...

  • "We dined with him that day...in the French Manner": Food, identity, and politics in the Mississippi Valley (2016)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only James A. Nyman.

    Located on the frontier of the French Louisiana colony in the Mississippi Valley, early 18th century colonial fortresses were centers of intercultural exchange and negotiation between the French inhabitants and the powerful indigenous nations they lived among. This paper examines animal remains and ceramic artifacts recovered from colonial outposts dating to this period. Faunal artifacts and locally made colonoware vessels recovered from these sites provides strong evidence of the intimate...