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Fellow Travelers: Indians and Europeans Contesting the Early American Trail Hardcover – June 17, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (June 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813030587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813030586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Levy takes a broad canvass and examines relations between native and non-native travelers... as well as the different understandings, experiences, and perspectives they brought to the trail. This book is a contribution to 'trail studies,' but... more than that, the lessons of the encounters discussed here have much wider application and relevance to the larger collision of cultures that is early American history." - Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College"

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"Levy takes a broad canvass and examines relations between native and
non-native travelers . . . as well as the different understandings, experiences,
and perspectives they brought to the trail. This book is a contribution to
'trail studies,' but . . . more than that, the lessons of the encounters
discussed here have much wider application and relevance to the larger
collision of cultures that is early American history."--Colin G. Calloway,
Dartmouth College
 
When Europeans first arrived on North American shores, they came to a continent crisscrossed by a well-trodden network of native trails. The traders, missionaries, diplomatists, and naturalists who traveled these trails depended in no small measure on the skills, knowledge, and goodwill of the native people who were squarely in colonization's crosshairs. This study of 16th- to 19-century native and European travel companions, or "fellow travelers," as Levy calls them, draws on anthropological studies and applies ethnohistorical methodology to convey how Indians and Europeans traveling together and seeing the same things might interpret them in very different ways. Examining the writings of European travelers who took to trails and rivers from the Rio Grande to the Arctic, Levy argues that travel relationships evolved from patterns of coercion and miscommunication to partnerships based on careful and constant negotiation. The shared trail was an arena of contested meanings. Levy explores the many forms such contests took and how they contributed to the larger shape and course of colonial travel.
Choosing one path over another, accepting or rejecting advice, and deciding whose travel habits to respect on the trail all influenced the small footsteps that made up every colonial trek. Dispelling the simplistic image of European travelers and explorers as heroes, Levy stresses the contingent and dependent nature of these endeavors, noting that natives were vital to the Europeans and vice versa; many natives came to rely on their fellow travelers as well. The realities of the trail potentially blurred distinctions among people eating the same food, treading the same path, and often wearing similar clothes, yet travelers worked hard to maintain distinctions between them. In sharing the rigors and burdens of the trail and relying on one another in a variety of ways, Indian and European travelers entwined their fates.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Colonna on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Levy is brilliant. His analysis, while thoughtful and insightful, is also provocative and engaging. Especially enjoyed the chapter on Rattlesnakes.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. T. L. Reviews on September 24, 2008
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This book presents a fascinating study of the contrasts between how the natives and European settlers perceived the trail in colonial America. The same objective phenomena are viewed differently, with often surprising consequenses.
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