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Seeking the Indigenous Perspective: Colonial Interactions, Archaeology and Ethnohistory at Fort St. Pierre, 1719-1729, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Author(s): LisaMarie Malischke

Year: 2017

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Summary

French Fort St. Pierre was a completely failed colonial endeavor from start to finish. Applying a post-colonial approach to the site, I realized that the power dynamic between the French ‘colonizers’ and the ‘colonized’ Yazoo, Koroa, and Ofogoula peoples was essentially reversed. To understand this reversed power dynamic from an indigenous viewpoint, I took an ethnohistorical approach to the written record. To understand the events that unfolded between the French and Native peoples of the Yazoo Bluffs, it was necessary to "provincialize" this history by placing it within the wider regional context of Native and European relations in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Using archaeological and written records to discuss these ideas, I will present the region’s political intrigues, the attack and looting of the fort, and the ultimate destruction of all of the Yazoo Bluffs inhabitants.    


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Seeking the Indigenous Perspective: Colonial Interactions, Archaeology and Ethnohistory at Fort St. Pierre, 1719-1729, Vicksburg, Mississippi. LisaMarie Malischke. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435287)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 337

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America