An ethnohistorical perspective on cheyenne demography

John H. Moore, Gregory R. Campbell

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Administrative censuses of the Southern Cheyenne Indians from 1880,1891, and 1900 permit family reconstitution, identification of residence groups, and comparisons of fertility between monogamous and polygynous women, when the records are approached by ethnohistori cal methods. This approach includes an awareness of the aboriginal adoption practices, kinship system, and naming practices. It is argued that the biases and distortions of administrative records can be effectively corrected to add to our store of information on band and tribal societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-42
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Family History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1989


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