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Colin Calloway

Dartmouth College


Filmed in November 2011

What was the North American West like before Europeans arrived? [1:12]

How did Indian societies adapt to the arrival of Europeans? [3:14]

How did horses change the lives of Native American women? [1:19]

How did interactions between Indian and European groups in the West change after 1800? [2:58]

How is the term “westward expansion” problematic? [3:00]

What things do historians have to consider when they analyze Native American primary sources? [1:47]

How do Indian primary sources contribute to our understanding of westward expansion? [1:47]

In Indian societies, what is the purpose of a myth or legend? [1:38]

How does the Kiowa smallpox legend contribute to our understanding of their history? [3:13]

Why are Indian views sometimes left out of the history of the West? [2:02]

Why is it important to incorporate Native American perspectives in U.S. history? [3:42]


Colin Calloway is the John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in England. After moving to the United States, he taught high school in Springfield, Vermont, served for two years as associate director and editor of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming. In 2011, Calloway received the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western History Association Conference. The award is given to an individual for “helping Native American students and advancing the study of American Indian history.” Calloway is the author of many books on Native American history.