This book began while I was watching the movie Lincoln. I found myself won-
dering about the mute appearance of Ely S. Parker and what it meant for think-
ing about how Native peoples fit within the story of the Civil War as an epochal
break in U.S. history. Those musings became the basis for the earlier essay ver-
sion of chapter 2, which then became the kernel for the proj ect as a whole. I
began wondering how dominant ways of narrating national history dis-
placed, effaced, and foreclosed engagements not only with Native histories
but with the continuities of settler colonial policy and its vio lences. For this
initial thought experiment, I owe a debt to Beth Piatote and Jason Cooke. In
a comment on a draft of my previous book Settler Common Sense (2014),
Beth asked me to consider more fully the character and significance of Native
temporalities, and Jason’s dissertation on the regionally specific repre senta-
tion of Native peoples in the removal era as subjects/objects of settler-
oriented histories suggested the importance of conceptualizing non- native
experiences of history as themselves key forces in shaping Indian policy and
interactions with Native peoples. To both of them, I am deeply grateful for
explic itly or implicitly pushing me toward more substantive reflection on the
relation between time, indigeneity, and settler colonialism. Fairly quickly, my
initial interest in periodization turned phenomenological. I began thinking
less about the narration of time than about differences in how it is lived, and
for this par ticular way of turning toward affect, I would like to thank Zach
Laminack, whose work on feeling prompted my own phenomenological
I am deeply appreciative of those who have offered feedback on this proj ect
over the years. Thanks to Mishuana Goeman, Jean Dennison, Lisa Tatonetti,
Coll Thrush, Joe Genetin- Pilawa, and Beth Freeman for their incredibly
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