Prosecutional advocacy of modern cultural norms (which are themselves bereft of true value). A great many hard facts are used, but in such a manner as to denigrate the Northern Cheyennes and others. This work is so trite in it's motivation that it is reminiscent of the "Greathouse" murders of Shawnees during the expansion of the White Frontier. Much like Greathouse and Goebbels the authors left NO stone unturned in fabricated the villany of others. Out of context commentary while factual is placed and worded to minimalize the Northern Cheyennes. A Better title would have been "That gang of murdering, raping outcasts of the rat infested gutters of the wilderness wantonly slaughtered those peaceful immigrants (who were living on lands this group of Indians never relinquished to the U. S. government). Try this meaningful piece of GINGOism/Jingoism on pages 59-60 "Throughout history, sexual assault has been the companion of conquest. Rape-figuratively and literally-is a common means of forcing conformity and submission on oppressed peoples. Scholars therefore have ample documentation of sexual violence by invading societies but few such examples against invading societies. This is especially true regarding Indian rape of white women, often dismissed as fiction." At this point the reader needs NO further notice that the scholarship used to obtain the facts is being sadly abused by the authors, whose agenda has NO merit. Every reader of this topic has heard of the rape of the white women/children, but never of Indian women or others. Greathouse killed Indians to rob them and because they had NO rights in his white frontier world, the authors demean the Northern Cheyenne and Little Wolf in their pursuit of their personal views. Though the settlers who were despoiled have grievance, they themselves did nothing better than the government in stealing in Indian lands. Make NO mistakes this book has a great many facts and common opinions, but the author's delivery is stilted in a dramatically unfair manner. Not being a book burner, I ask that readers read this with great caution as one would De Sade, Goebbels or Adolf Hitler. Remember Stalin killed millions, and demeaned the victims, suffered NO retribution, but that does NOT make it right, as these author's intellectual viewpoints are highly suspect in that they pursued viewpoints of a modern cultural clique that has NO real moral basis. Not history, or historical, definitely opinionated. Thanks, Harry!
This book deals with the Northern Cheyenne Exodus from Indian Territory in 1878 (which extended into 1879). It is not so much the story of the exodus itself as the story of how the history of the event is remembered as time goes by and how it is portrayed in books and TV. As implied by my 4-star review I thought it was a really good book. One thing however I wish to comment upon: Toward the end of the book it is stated several times that many of the Cheyennes today are some form of Christian denomination. To me this is part of the story, an important part, but it was not commented upon. Why did the defeated Cheyennes take on the religion of their conquerors (and can someone tell me why there aren't any Jewish Indians or synagogues on any reservations)? As a free-thinking individual that does not believe in religion (there is no such thing as prophecy and ALL RELIGION is false), I find this type of conversion very troubling. The way I see it, the Indian Wars were as much a religious war as anything else. Again, I found this to be an interesting book and I enjoyed reading it. But I wish that the authors would have tackled the religion question since the topic did present itself.