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In a real-life version of Little Big Man comes Indian captive narrative of Herman Lehmann. He was captured as a boy in 1870 and lived for nine years among the Apaches and Comanches. Long considered one of the best captivity stories from the period, Lehmann came to love the people and the life. Only through the gentle persuasion of famed Comanche chief, Quanah Parker, was Lehmann convinced to remain with his white family once he was returned to them.

Lehmann saw some of the most dramatic changes in the western United States from a perspective few whites had. He didn't just play the part...he was living as an Indian. His struggle to readjust to white culture is detailed here as well. At the time of this writing, he was married with five children, although he maintained the ties to his Indian friends and family for the rest of his life.

Every memoir of the American West provides us with another view of the movement that changed the country forever.

©2015 Big Byte Books (P)2017 Big Byte Books
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Great story with great points of view....however, narration must be his reader’s evening occupation—bland, no feeling, pretty darn monotonous

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good times

great glimpse into another world! absolutely enjoyed the story, but the reader left a lot to be desired. think of an incredible adventure read by Ferris bueller's teacher.

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The Savagry of Native Americans

In the Texas/New Mexico territory in the 1870s, Herman Lehmann was an eleven year old boy living with his family when he was taken captive by the Apache. Marvin Hunter, the editor of Lehmann’s book, did a good job leaving Herman’s raw voice in the book which gives the reader a story told with a true sense of authenticity. I definitely learn a fee things that I didn’t know about the Apache and Comanche such as they both ate raw uncooked meat from animals they killed. That they ate the entrails of the animals immediately after killing them and sucked the blood out of them. The Indians captured and enslaved white women and children. They also were thieves. And they had no mercy towards the frontiers people that they attacked. It would s very easy to understand why people called them savages and hunted them furiously. I learned that squaws that didn’t commit to the monogamous relationship with their husband had their noses cut off. The life of an Indian maiden was not pleasant. The book was interesting in the sense that once a captive Herman pleaded a life long bond to the Indians.

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A Must Read

Very intriguing and very accurate book. It was great to hear from the Indians perspective. A must read for anybody. Never a dull moment lots of action.

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Great Book

The story is amazing. Narrator should have been briefed on propper pronunciation of names and locations.

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red road

it's easy to forget the true meaning of freedom, it has been gone in America since they caged the natives

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A drier memoir but credible and informative

This autobiography is written by a person who is not a writer or a historian or an anthropologist. Personal stories have some historical value, but it would take a gifted and insightful writer to engage and enlighten. With all my love for the many facets of the rich American culture - the rancher, cowboy, soldier, or Native American heritage - this book somewhat dimmed the colors, the wonder, the natural beauty, the complexity of family and society, and the heroic aspects of our history.

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Good story line not so great execution

Sounds like good content but cannot get past the monotone Narration and the choppy writing. Not for me.

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Nine Years Among The Indians, narrated by Brian Hunt & Claire Dayton.

This book was very well told & written. Growing up myself in the very places of Texas & Oklahoma he writes about I found myself swept up in understanding history & compassion for those people as well.

The only thing that one should know is that sometimes the pronunciation of local Indian Tribes, rivers, counties and some towns were mispronounced to one who grew up there and has that advantage. Otherwise a very good book overall. I would certainly recommend it.

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Awesome read!

This was a very interesting book full of crazy stories and cool history! Great to see this history from two perspectives.

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history as it happened

A factual and real insight to the American story. A fascinating book told honestly and brutally at times. What a life Herman had, I am very pleased it was all recorded way back in 1927.

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