||Machine generated contents note: List of Illustrations -- List of Tables -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Brian Frehner and Kathleen A. Brosnan -- Part 1. Indigenous Grassland Adaptations over the Longue Durée -- 1. Before the Horse: Indigenous Food Systems on the Plains, 1300-1680 -- Natale Zappia -- 2. Travois Trails: Mobile Lifeways of Nineteenth-Century Plains Indian Women -- Leila Monaghan -- 3. Bison Hunters and Prairie Fires: A View from the Northwestern Plains -- María Nieves Zedeño, Christopher Roos, Kacy Hollenback, and Mary Hagen Erlick -- 4. To Know the Story behind It: Aboriginal Heritage and Buffalo Hunting on the Northern Plains -- Geneviève Susemihl -- Part 2. Animals on the Great Plains -- 5. Kinscapes and the Buffalo Chase: The Genesis of Nineteenth-Century Plains Métis Hunting Brigades -- Nicole St-Onge and Brenda Macdougall -- 6. Fauna and Flux on the Plains' Edge: Animal Kinship, Place Making, and Cherokee Relational Continuity -- Clint Carroll -- 7. Bison and Bookkeeping: Accounting for an Environmental Imagination in Great Plains Trading Posts -- George Colpitts -- 8. An Uncommon Nuisance: Cattle Feeding, Nuisance Complaints, and Legal Remedies on the Southern Plains -- Jacob A. Blackwell -- Part 3. Modern Agriculture and the Transformation of the Plains -- 9. Measuring Expertise: Ralph Parshall and Watershed Management, 1920-1940 -- Michael Weeks -- 10. A "Plow to Save the Plains": Conservation Tillage on the North American Grasslands, 1938-1973 -- Joshua Nygren -- 11. From Wheat to Wheaties: Minneapolis, the Great Plains, and the Transformation of American Food -- Michael J. Lansing -- 12. "Nature Rarely Establishes Sharp Boundaries": Settler Society Agricultural Adaptation in the Great Plains Northwest -- Molly P. Rozum -- Part 4. Energy Landscapes -- 13. Energy Heartland: How the Midcontinent Pipeline System Fueled and Fouled the Great Plains -- Philip A. Wight -- 14. Places of Overburden: Strip Mining and Reclamation on the Northern Great Plains -- Ryan Driskell Tate -- 15. Encountering Oil Cultures in a Prairie Town -- Jonathan Peyton and Matthew Dyce -- 16. Blows Like Hell: The Windy Plains of the West -- Julie Courtwright -- Contributors -- Index.
||"This collection of essays represents an attempt to move beyond degradation and exploitation as the defining ecological narratives of the Great Plains by examining the region through the interrelated themes of water, grasses, animals, and energy"-- Provided by publisher.
||"The Greater Plains tells a new story of a region, stretching from the state of Texas to the province of Alberta, where the environments are as varied as the myriad ways people have inhabited them. These innovative essays document a complicated history of human interactions with a sometimes plentiful and sometimes foreboding landscape, from the Native Americans who first shaped the prairies with fire to twentieth-century oil regimes whose pipelines linked the region to the world.The Greater Plains moves beyond the narrative of ecological desperation that too often defines the region in scholarly works and in popular imagination. Using the lenses of grasses, animals, water, and energy, the contributors reveal tales of human adaptation through technologies ranging from the travois to bookkeeping systems and hybrid wheat. Transnational in its focus and interdisciplinary in its scholarship, The Greater Plains brings together leading historians, geographers, anthropologists, and archaeologists to chronicle a past rich with paradoxical successes and failures, conflicts and cooperation, but also continual adaptation to the challenging and ever-shifting environmental conditions of the North American heartland. "-- Provided by publisher.
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