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How Firearms Changed Native American Culture Topic at MHS

Monday, April 24, 2017/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

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HOW INTRODUCTION OF FIREARMS CHANGED NATÏVE MERICAN CULTURE TOPIC AT MHS

                As Native American tribes adopted firearms into their culture between the 17th and 19th centuries, the changes the weapons brought had deep and lasting impacts on their traditional lifeways.

                On Thursday (May 4) at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society David Silverman, professor of history at George Washington University, will present a free program “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native Americans.”

                Calling the introduction of firearms a “cultural earthquake,” Silverman argues that delving into that dramatic technology can reframe how Native American history has been interpreted.

                The talk is based on Silverman’s new book of the same title, which is available in the MHS Museum Store. He will be available to sign copies after the talk

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