"Geronimo's Gunfighter Attitude" by Louis Kraft is the cover feature for the October 2015 issue of Wild West magazine. The magazine is available on newsstands now (early August 2015).
Kraft's article on Ned Wynkoop, "When Wynkoop Was Sheriff" (April 2011 Wild West magazine) won the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Award. To read the article, go to Wild West's web page (http://www.historynet.com/wild-west), and once there click 2012 Western Heritage Award: When Wynkoop Was Sheriff. Other articles are available online, as are some of Kraft's talks such as Errol Flynn playing George Armstrong Custer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJssu1GJa54), Ned Wynkoop lashing out against the murder of innocent Cheyennes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLKWuoggHWk), and Lt. Charles Gatewood finding Geronimo in Mexico and talking him into ending the last Apache war (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3AaI2l8J6I). I had placed these videos on You Tube but they aren't on my computer (which amazon requires for uploading them; in the future I hope to find the time to get them onto my computer).
See below for status on Kraft's book projects:
- THE DISCOVERY
- SAND CREEK AND THE TRAGIC END OF A LIFEWAY
- ERROL & OLIVIA
Online Reviews of Kraft's NED WYNKOOP AND THE LONELY ROAD FROM SAND CREEK:
* Wild West magazine: http://www.historynet.com/book-review-ned-wynkoop-and-the-lonely-road-from-sand-creek-by-louis-kraft.htm
* True West magazine: http://www.truewestmagazine.com/jcontent/entertainment/entertainment/book-reviews/4395-the-lonely-road
* Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library: http://coloradowest.auraria.edu/book-review/ned-wynkoop-and-lonely-road-sand-creek
* Wild West History Association: http://www.wildwesthistory.org/rvu-nedwynkoop.html
LOUIS KRAFT WRITING BIO:
Louis Kraft became interested in the West in the 1970s; in particular he became interested in people who didn't speak the same language but who were able to work out their differences without killing each other. To understand these people and the land they inhabited, he immersed himself in their struggle for survival. In the mid-1980s he began writing and lecturing about them. THE FINAL SHOWDOWN (Walker and Company, 1992) explores racial relations in 1867 Kansas; CUSTER AND THE CHEYENNE: GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER'S WINTER CAMPAIGN ON THE SOUTHERN PLAINS (Upton and Sons, 1995) follows Custer's 1868-1869 winter campaign on the Southern Plains wherein he negotiated with warring Indians and got them to end a war without further bloodshed (CUSTER AND THE CHEYENNE won the Jay D. Smith award for its contribution to the study of Custeriana over the years in June 2011); and GATEWOOD & GERONIMO (University of New Mexico Press, 2000) examines the relationship between the two pre-eminent warriors of the last Apache war. Not finished with Gatewood, Kraft pieced together and edited the lieutenant's aborted attempt to write about his years walking among the Apaches, and then Kraft wrote an additional 80,000 words--text and notes--to fill in the gaps in Gatewood's incomplete manuscript--LT. CHARLES GATEWOOD & HIS APACHE WARS MEMOIR (University of Nebraska Press, 2005). NED WYNKOOP AND THE LONELY ROAD FROM SAND CREEK (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011) examines the life of a man who dared to speak up for Indian rights during the 1860s, a time of expansionism and extreme racial prejudice on the expanding western frontier.
Although Kraft had written plays earlier in his career, he had shied away from the format until 2002 when his one-man historical drama on Cheyenne Indian agent Edward Wynkoop premiered in Kansas. It has since played in California, Colorado, and Oklahoma (AN EVENING WITH NED WYNKOOP has evolved into NED WYNKOOP: A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE and NED WYNKOOP: LONG ROAD TO WASHITA). Kraft's full-length play CHEYENNE BLOOD played for five weeks in Oxnard, California, in April and May 2009. CHEYENNE BLOOD, a two character play (Cheyenne Indian Agent Ned Wynkoop and Cheyenne woman Monahsetah), dealt with race, genocide, and humanity.
KRAFT'S CURRENT BOOK PROJECTS:
This is a medical malpractice novel that lk has partnered with physician Robert
Goodman. It is a character study and a thriller.
It will be published in hardback, paper, and as an eBook in April 2016.
SAND CREEK AND THE TRAGIC END OF A LIFEWAY
Progress continues on this manuscript that deals with the people and events
that led up to the tragic attack on a Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho village on
Sand Creek in Colorado Territory on November 29, 1864.
- The manuscript is due at the University of Oklahoma Press in November 2016.
ERROL & OLIVIA
This biography of Errol Flynn deals with his life and times during the years that he
did eight films with actress Olivia de Havilland. Like Kraft's Indian wars biographies the
book will be well researched and will be different from a multitude of Hollywood biographies
that race to get in print and all too often have a total disregard for truth and are loaded with
sensational prose that has little or no basis in fact.
NAVAJO BLOOD and NONFICTION on KIT CARSON
Two upcoming projects dealing with Kit Carson and American Indians are in the immediate future. Kraft has been researching Carson for decades. In July 2012 he and his daughter Marissa researched a fictional story about Carson and a Diné (as the Navajos call themselves) warrior and his granddaughter during the fateful years of 1863-64. Research on a nonfiction book on Carson is ongoing.
A second biography on Flynn.
KEEP UP w/KRAFT, HIS PROJECTS, AND GLIMPSE HIS PERSONAL LIFE
http://www.louiskraftwriter.com is a website and blog, and the blogs are lively and explore the craziness of being a writer that walks a lonely road while he reaches for the truth. The blogs are illustrated with photos and artwork. Unfortunately, because of an early blog that wouldn't have been visible anyway the website/blog doesn't meet with Amazon's standards.
http://facebook.com/louis.kraft links you up with Kraft on Facebook (if preferred, you can follow him on Facebook).
links you up to an interview conducted by Johnny D. Boggs and published by Wild West magazine that focuses on Kraft's writing and where it's headed.
http://northernforts.blogspot.com/2014/07/an-interview-with-authorhistorian-louis.html links you to an interview conducted by writer/historian Jeff Barnes. This interview is more recent and adds additional information to the previous interview.
Kraft lives in North Hollywood, California, with his wife (Pailin Subanna-Kraft). Contact Kraft at email@example.com.
- Photo1: Cover of the October 2015 issue of Wild West magazine. Kraft's feature, "Geronimo's Gunfighter Attitude," is the cover story.
- Photo2: Kraft relaxing at home in April 2015. Photo © Pailin Subanna-Kraft & Louis Kraft 2015.
- Photo3: Currently the Louis Kraft Collection at the Chavez History Library, New Mexico Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, has 18 boxes that are available for researchers to view. In this October 6, 2014 photo Kraft is touching the 18th box (earlier in the day he made another delivery to the archive; which once catalogued should grow the archive to 22+ boxes). Tomas Jaehn (foreground) has done a lot for Kraft's writing career over the years, including creating this archive. Photo by Pailin Subanna-Kraft; © Pailin Subanna-Kraft, Louis Kraft, and Tomas Jaehn 2014.
- Photo4: Indian wars historian John Monnett knew that Kraft wanted to meet Sand Creek Massacre NHS ranger Jeff Campbell, whom Monnett already knew, and made this happen on October 3, 2014 (Kraft and Pailin visited John and his wife Linda in Lafayette, Colorado, during a research trip). Pailin took this image of Campbell (left), Monnett (center), and Kraft on the wooden platform in front of the makeshift visitor center and as you can see there was a harsh sun that day. They weren't arguing; just a lively conversation. Photo by Pailin Subanna-Kraft and © Pailin Subanna-Kraft, Louis Kraft, Jeff Campbell, & John Monnett.
- Photo5: On September 22, 2012, Kraft spoke about Ned Wynkoop's efforts to prevent Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock from destroying the Cheyenne-Dog Man-Lakota village on the Pawnee Fork, about 35 miles (40 by auto) west of the Fort Larned NHS (Kansas). Leo Oliva, who spoke on the village site with Kraft on that day, had asked him to represent Ned Wynkoop when he was inducted into the Santa Fe Trail Association Hall of Fame. The induction of Wynkoop and others took place during a huge dinner on the 21st. George Elmore, chief ranger at Fort Larned, loaned Kraft the buckskin coat for the three-day rendezvous jointly hosted by the Santa Fe Trail Association, Fort Larned NHS, and the Santa Fe Trail Center. Elmore also took this image of Kraft leaning against Wynkoop's home and Indian agency at Fort Larned on the 22nd. Photo © Louis Kraft 2012 & 2014.
- Photo6: Kraft accepting the Wrangler at the Western Heritage Awards ceremony in Oklahoma City for "When Wynkoop Was Sheriff (April 2011 issue of Wild West magazine). (April 21, 2012). Photo © Ownbey Photography 2012.
- Photo7: One of the photos of Kraft as he spent the afternoon and evening of June 3, 2009, with Olivia de Havilland in her Paris, France, garden. This was the second time that Kraft visited Olivia at her home in Paris, and the third time that he has spent time with her. Photo © Louis Kraft 2009.
- Photo8: Kraft with Southern Cheyenne Ivan Hankla (at left in his tipi at the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma) while his nephew, Jake, is at the right, in December 2008. Photo 2008 © Leroy Livesay & Louis Kraft.