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During the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries, elite white men were on a quest to define their masculinity, race and their claim to Detroit as a modern place. And indigeneity was the medium through which the processes of modernization occurred. In this chapter, I argue that elite whites deployed indigeneity to both memorialize and erase Indigenous people from Detroit. However, Indigenous travelers such as Hunkapapa Lakota Sitting Bull and the frequent visitors from Walpole First Nations reserve disrupted elites’ ideas about indigeneity, modernity and the idea that Indigenous people were a vanishing race.
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