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Searching for Chipeta: The Story of a Ute and Her People Paperback – April 14, 2004

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Gr. 4-7. Chipeta was born in 1843 as part of a Tabeguache band, one of the 12 Ute bands that lived in the area that would become Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Chipeta married Ouray, who was appointed chief of the Utes by the U.S. government, and together they worked to promote peace between the tribe, the U.S. government, and the steady stream of settlers pushing into their homeland. Despite their efforts, the Utes were eventually forced out of Colorado and onto a desolate reservation in Utah. Krudwig's narrative attempts to explain what the Utes suffered and the deceit of the U.S. government, but middle readers may have difficulty following the complicated negotiations, politics, and personal relationships that were all part of Chipeta's life. The small black-and-white photographs are historically accurate, but the captions are often incomplete or confusing, and there are no maps or source notes. The absence of these aside, Krudwig tells a compelling story about a subject not often covered in books for youth. Karen Hutt
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From the Author

All authors dread the day that a negative review is posted for their book.

As I researched the book, there were few details about children, in relation to Chipeta. And yes, she did have grandchildren, yet she had adopted them. Out of respect, and by request from Chipeta's relatives, the adoption information was deleted. My publisher did everything they could to keep the manuscript fully in tact, yet due to the amount of space available for the book, and the enormous size of the manuscript, sections were deleted to fit the contents into the book format. The Introduction, was a detailed account of the experiences I had that led to the book's publication. I cannot not fault the reviewer for feeling "cheated" out of the information regarding the title, and or the fact that Chipeta indeed, did have Grandchildren. And yes, I was sorry that page 115 was missing a key sentence. These are design issues, and they happen to many publishers.

What is more important to me, was the fact that I personally traveled over 5,000 miles to research and write about Chipeta. I drove to countless places where Chipeta and Ouray had lived and traveled. I spent time on the Uintah-Ouray Reservation to try to grasp what life might have been like after the Utes left Colorado. I met her great, grandson O. Roland McCook, and together we worked tirelessly to create a story that would enlighten young people about Colorado's Ute people. The Ute Indian Museum was supportive of this manuscript and the project.

Chipeta's history is so complicated that one may never have the entire account of her life. I am proud of my book, and I encourage other readers to decide for themselves whether or not the book is of value to them. Perhaps someday, we can produce a larger book to include more of Chipeta's mysterious past. Until then, I do thank the reader for his/her honest comments. It is all part of the process of writing!


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (April 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555914667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555914660
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,003,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, written for children, was very thoughtfully done. In the space allotted, the author does an excellent job of vividly illustrating not only the life of a woman who should certainly be admired, but the lives of the Ute people as well.
As someone who works with children in relation to learning about history on a regular basis, I can see that the value in this piece lies in the fact that it makes history interesting and tangible to kids who are all too often apathetic to most if not all of that which came before them.
I must agree with the previous reviewer that the fact that there are sentences missing from the book is disappointing, but it should be noted that the publisher is likely responsible for that issue, and not the writer, who has no control over typesetting. It is hard to take criticism in that arena seriously from someone with so many typographical and grammatical errors in their own paragraph-long message, anyway.
Hats off to the author and Fulcrum publishing for their continuing plight in keeping kids interested in our valuable history!
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Searching for Chipeta is a wonderful story about a courageous and wise woman's journey, the hard life she shared with her husband, Ouray, and her struggle to keep her homelands. The author packed a wealth of Indian lore, research and mystique into this story, and after reading through it once, I read it again. Wanting to know more about the culture, the life of this brave human being and her people. I look forward to reading more of Chipeta's mysterious life. This work is poignant; a human-interest story of hope weaving its way through the tapestry of despair, challenge and defeat--and I find myself wanting to know more of what life must be like in that day and time for a Ute Indian woman called, Chipeta. Chipeta is an exceptional role model. If one of those state dinenrs were held were you choose to dine with someone you admire, I would ask for Chipeta to sit on one side, and Ouray on the other.
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As the author of Searching for Chipeta, I can say that writing this book was one of the greatest experiences of my life. From its beginning--a dream in April 2000, this book has come full circle. I met with Chipeta's great, great grandson, Roland McCook, a Northern Ute; and C. J. Brafford, (Oglala Sioux) Director of the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado to learn about Chipeta's mysterious past. After four years of research, over 5000 miles of travel throughout Colorado and Utah, I am confident of my facts. Roland McCook has endorsed this book, and royalties are going to support preservation of Ute lands and culture. I will always be grateful to Chipeta, her husband Ouray, and to her ancestors who opened their hearts and minds to this project. This book was written for children, that they might learn about the Ute people and their amazing past.
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great book! I really enjoyed reading this...it is very well written. Thank you.
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By A Customer on June 7, 2004
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In an effort to get us 'to see' the world of Chipeta, the author tries to write the book as a fictional account: starting with the young child Chipeta and moving forward to old age. The story is shallow and the Chipeta, Vickie Leigh Krudwig, is trying to create very unreal.
On top of all of that, whole chunks are left out...how did Chipeta suddenly become a grandmother when her adopted son was either killed or captured when he was young? Was he found, is that why the caption under the photo on page 105 reads "Chipeta, in her sixties, visits the old summer homelands near Ouray, Colorado. She sits on a horse next to granddaughter circa 1900-1901. (Courtesy of the Colorado Historical Society, #F-40200)"? Seems like an "granddaugter" would imply the return of her son, but nothing is mentioned anywhere!
On page 115 the chapter suddenly ends in the middle of a sentence, you turn the page expecting a continuation of the thought...wham, you are in the chapter called Epilogue!
I felt like there wasn't enough said, or explained. I finished reading going....How did the title of the book "Searching for Chipeta" fit into the contents?
I don't recomend it as a throughly research fiction or nonfiction work.
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