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Dawn Peterson
Meg Devlin O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan on Peterson, 'Indians in the Family: Adoption and the Politics of Antebellum Expansion'

Dawn Peterson. Indians in the Family: Adoption and the Politics of Antebellum Expansion. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017. 421 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-73755-6.

Reviewed by Meg Devlin O'Sullivan (SUNY-New Paltz) Published on H-AmIndian (June, 2018) Commissioned by F. Evan Nooe (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

Re: Thumbs on Wampum Belts

Thanks for your reply and for the Newberry reference, Cole.

The document has been translated and transcribed, and it is a letter from White to his superior, Governor Carondelet. Mad Dog planned to visit White to apologize for his (alleged) role in the killing of a PLC trader in Upper Creek country. The Creeks' war with the Chickasaws presented him with an opportunity to do so. I like your idea about a thumb as a unit of measurement. That makes sense.


Re: Thumbs on Wampum Belts

I've got a couple of questions:
1. Is there an interpreter's signature on the document or an interpreter's name mentioned in the document itself?
2. Is the document an original or is this a transcription, and was it in Spanish?
3. Did Ifa Haujo come at the request of White or was his visit unexpected?