Featured Books

Uncertain Encounters: Indians and Whites at Peace and War in Southern Oregon, 1820s-1860s by Nathan Douthit
This study offers a complex view of Indian-white relations. Rather than focus on well-documented incidents of conflict and federal Indian policy, Douthit directs attention to peaceful interactions as well. He shows that in the years leading up to the Rogue River War, Indians and whites interacted with uncertainty, alternating between acts of friendship and hostility. "Uncertain Encounters" begins with an investigation of the Hudson's Bay Company's fur-trade relations with southern Oregon Indians. It turns to exploration of the region by white Americans and to early encounters between Indians and white miners and settlers. It reexamines the Rogue River War, providing the first detailed picture of the war's impact on the Indian population. Finally, it describes the removal of Indians to the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations as told in Indian oral narratives as well as white accounts. As a major aspect of the story, Douthit highlights the development of a little-known middle ground of relationships between Indian women and white men.

The Rogue River Indian War and Its Aftermath, 1850-1980 by E. A. Schwartz

If you are interested in early Oregon History, the following books help illustrate many of the chapters written in T. T. Geer's book.

Oregon Indian Wars

Oregon Trail

These two fictionalized accounts of the Nez Perce War are also interesting in their own right:

Oregon Pioneers and History