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Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879: The Story of the Captivity and Life of a Texan Among the Indians Paperback – May 1, 1993
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This book is a thousand things, all of them astonishing. Let's just say, if you are a captive, and some scarred old warrior offers you the guts out of a baby antelope that has been roasted, whole and alive in a bonfire that might also be used to.... well, just do as Herman did and chow down with all the enthusiasm you can muster.
Herman's life is interesting and educational. Several college professors have used his documented eventful life as source.
A good book, buy it!
The finest aspect of this book is the unvarnished truth about frontier violence, without the politically correct drivel Hollywood producers and educators force-feed us. The narrator describes nonstop violence against white settlers, without emotion, dozens of raids to steal pioneers' horses and property, and kill and scalp as many pioneers as possible, including pioneer women and children. Politically correct dingbats portray Indians as noble good guys, and whites as the bad guys, but this book reveals both were humans, and humans often behave as violent brutes. You then understand why white soldiers responded in kind, attacking Indian villages and sometimes killing Indian women and children.
Most accounts of killings are not so detailed that readers are not grossed out by the details. Mainly the accounts of killing/scalping are just sad. Some victims were buffalo hunters destroying the Indians' food source, others just pioneers trying to make a life on the frontier. One particular description is gruesome: the treatment of hated Tonkaways, a tribe that sided with the whites.
The description of arrowhead manufacture differs from any I've ever read, and his description of buffalo hide shields is unique.
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Interesting account, deserves a respected place in the literature of this kindPublished 2 months ago by Cicero
Most of us grew up with about as much knowledge of Native Americans as you learned in school and gained from reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee in high school... Read morePublished 3 months ago by George L. Dziuk III
Very little information about the way of life of the Native Americans. In fact the book is mostly about battles.Published 4 months ago by Erica
straight forward 1st person account very readable. Nothing romantic about raiding murdering theiving Apache life style.Published 4 months ago by chrisbmartin
Another glimpse into white captives, their changing philosophy, and Native Americans. Would not hesitate to recommend.Published 4 months ago by GG