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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; First edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823409716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823409716
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

By now an esteemed expert on the West, the author of Cowboys of the Wild West moves on to Native Americans. What response should a tribal leader take to white expansion into his people's territories? How that question is answered by six chiefsincluding Red Cloud, Santana and Sitting Bullforms the crux of this book. Their biographies serve as guidelines for negotiation styles, reminders of our government's shame and mother lodes of historical information. Excellent reproduction of the photos gives this reference book a handsome coffee-table look. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up Freedman presents six Indian leaders from western tribes, each of whom faced the challenge of dealing with the encroachment upon his land in his own way. Included are Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux, Santanta of the Kiowas, Quanah Parker of the Comanches, Washakie of the Shoshonis, Joseph of the Nez Perces, and Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Sioux. With hindsight, it is apparent that none of these men could totally win against the white culture, but they each found a different compromise. Freedman does not romanticize the Indian viewpoint, nor is he judgmental against the whites. He presents a factual, human account of cultures in conflict. The black-and-white photographs and prints reinforce the well-written biographies. Because the coverage is limited to leaders of western tribes, only two of the men in this book are also included in Lynne Deur's more general Indian Chiefs (Lerner, 1972). Freedman's narrative, as in his Children of the Wild West (Clarion, 1983), flows smoothly. The bibliography and index add to the book's usefulness as a resource for research as well. Karen P. Zimmerman, I.D. Weeks Library, University of South Dakota, Vermillion
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on October 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Russell Freeman is a great children's writer about historical topics. He brings many topics to life and makes them accessible for older kids. This is a very moving book about several great Indian Chiefs during the Indian Wars in the 1800s. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Indian Chiefs by Russell Freedman is all about key players in the struggle for Native American independence, and how they fared against the colonist aggressors. Some did well, and of course some did less efficiently.

The general story is that the colonists moved in, often offering concessions, then regretfully explaining that the situation had changed. No matter what the local Indians did, somehow there were always new circumstances or conditions or natural events. The boundary lines would have to change. The defining terms would have to be tweaked.

There are numerous well known names brought up here. Kicking Bird, made popular by Kevin Costner's Dancing with Wolves tale, shows up here. So does Cynthia Ann, a Comanche woman who was "rescued" a la Searchers from the world she had known. She finally passed away after being "reunited" with those who had been looking for her.

There is discussion about the natives who tried to simply stick with what had worked for them for generations. Unfortunately, the world had changed around them. The buffalo were no longer roaming the plains. Instead, hunters had literally wiped out millions of animals and destroyed the food supply.

Many indians strove to be peaceful and to get along. That didn't work well either. Their peaceful acceptance led to them being sequestered on smaller and smaller outposts.

The photos presented are quite poignant. Seen through the lens of time, these indians were strong, intelligent, wise men who were striving to do their best for the community who depended on them. They were simply outnumbered.

Well worth reading for any person seeking to understand the true American experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan Merlo on July 29, 2013
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This book, probably written for middle to high school students, is very clear and seems well researched with really interesting insights into some of the great chiefs and leaders of Native American tribes during the wars with the European settlers. I have bought several copies of this book to give as gifts. Not lengthy but has depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed L Tucknies on July 14, 2013
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This is a very good book and gives a brief summary of some of the most famous war & peace chiefs.

It does not go into a lot of detail but includes a synopsis of each.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David O'Donnell on April 11, 2014
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I went on line and found this product within minutes. I Never left home and I never stood in line. I was very pleased when it arrived so fast and the product was exactly as described. I would absolutely recommend this seller due to the outstanding customer service I received
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