Scalping in North America Term Paper by Writing Phan

Scalping in North America
The paper examines the act and origin of scalping as practiced among Native Americans.
# 7696 | 2,280 words | 10 sources | 2002

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This paper states some of the history of scalping has been misconstrued to serve political purposes; nonetheless, scalping was practiced and was documented by both Indians and white settlers. Scalping was widely used as form of torture and as a type of trophy. Historians are beginning to discover that white men helped spread the act of scalping throughout North America.

From the Paper:

"A scalping, by definition, is when the circular patch of skin and hair found at the crown of someone's head is removed. An incision, circular, was usually made around the base of the hairline then pulled off the "fleshy layer of the skull". (Parker, 304) Once this was done, there were several options for the use of the scalp, depending on the significance of the particular scalp, and depending on the beliefs of that particular tribe."

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