Indian Peoples, Trade, and Ecological Change

Sunday, March 23, 2 pm
Indian Peoples, Trade, and Ecological Change on the Great Plains, 1780-1870

Presented by James Sherow - Kansas State University Professor

James SherowBetween 1780 and 1870, Indian peoples in what would become the western portion of Kansas had extensive trading networks that connected them to international markets.  This trade transformed the cultures of Indian peoples both for the better and the worse.  In the end, Indian peoples found themselves in a difficult position with few viable alternatives.  These relationships affected both Indian peoples in the eastern and western portions of Kansas.

James Sherow is a fourth generation Kansan.  Raised in Maize, Kansas, and after a four-year stint in the United States Air Force, he pursued B.A. degrees in secondary education and history from Wichita State University.  In 1978, he received his M.A. in history from Wichita State University, and then taught social studies at Turner High School in Kansas City.  In 1982, he entered the history Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, and graduated in 1987.  He taught history at Southwest Texas State University from 1988 until 1992 when he accepted the Kansas history position at Kansas State University.  He is the author of five books, and over twenty journal articles and book chapters.  His primary academic interests are environmental history, Kansas history, the American West and the history of North American Indian peoples.  He also served as the mayor of Manhattan, Kansas.

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