Native Ground is a “Great Contribution” to History

Two historical journals recently ran reviews of Kathleen DuVal’s The Native Ground.

In Common-Place,
an online journal dedicated to the study of early American history and culture, reviewer April Lee Hatfield writes:

Kathleen DuVal’s
The Native Ground shows how powerfully a change in perspective can alter our
perception of history. Her focus on the shifting human relationships in the Arkansas River Valley
will require readers to shift their geographic outlook from European outposts
on North America’s coasts to "the heart of the continent."

Hatfield asserts that DuVal’s story makes a "great contribution" through the historical truths it reveals.

In The Chronicles of Oklahoma, reviewer George H.
Odell writes:

This fascinating ethnohistorical account of the later phases of
cultural interaction in the Arkansas Valley is refreshing for its clarity, its consistency
of theme, and even its relevance to life in modern America.

Ogdell finds that the complex relationships between the Native Americans and Europeans detailed in DuVal’s work not only provide us
valuable new insight into the colonial period, but they offer a historical lesson
that still resonates today.

April Lee Hatfield’s review is available online at

George H. Odell’s full review is in vol. 84, no. 3 (Fall
2006) of The Chronicles of Oklahoma.