The last quarter of the 18th century was a period of extensive political, economic, and social change in North America, as the continent-wide struggle between European superpowers waned. Native groups found themselves enmeshed in the market economy and new state forms of control, among other new threats to their cultural survival. Native populations throughout North America actively engaged the expanding marketplace in a variety of economic and social forms. These actions, often driven by and expressed through changes in material culture, were supported by a desire to maintain distinctive
"These Indians appear to be wealthy" : economy and identity during the late fur-trade period in the Lower Great Lakes / Michael Strezewski -- "Remarkable elasticity of character" : colonial discourse, the market economy, and Catawba itinerancy, 1770-1820 / Mark R. Plane -- Identity in a post-removal Cherokee household, 1838-50 / Lance Greene -- Business in the hinterlands : the impact of the market economy on the west-central Great Plains at the turn of the 19th century / Cody Newton -- Negotiating borders : the southern Caddo and their relationships with colonial governments in East Texas / P. Shawn Marceaux and Timothy K. Perttula
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