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- Print Length: 283 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615811388
- Publisher: Inknbeans Press (September 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009J60WOU
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It is after the shameful forced march that has come to be known as the Trail of Tears, where Miss Sutton picks up the story of not only the Cherokee but some Choctaw and other Indian Peoples, too, illustrating how they are trying to adjust, trying to learn the “white man’s ways,” trying to adapt and to move forward into this new world into which they have been plunged. This is a complex story where not all the Indians are good and all the white people are bad, but where humans are humans and act out along the vast spectrum of complex human behavior, which makes this story achingly real and heart-breaking.
A murder occurs and character is revealed along the way of discovering not only who committed the murder but why and also the much greater scope of selling whiskey to the Indians – a substance that acts like poison to them. In an addendum to the novel, Miss Sutton presents a very brief but poignant essay outlining how alcoholism and substance abuse has devastated Indian nations.
Which is why her writing and this book is so magical: The story contains not a whiff of self-pity. Instead it paints a vast and gorgeous scope of Cherokee life. And we need to know this. As a nation, we need to know, we need to recognize, we need to acknowledge what we did. There are bodies buried here. There was a Holocaust committed here. A genocide, right here, in this great and beautiful nation that has stained its brave and beautiful soul.
And still, there is Wheezer—who will steal your heart, and Sasa who will amaze you and Coyote and Yellow Eyes for whom you will cheer and Anna and Jackson who will give you hope that there are good people everywhere in every color and “if we are to survive we must stop the fighting…”
Wheezer and the Coyote will immerse you in that time and place of 1839. Miss Sutton gets everything right. She simply channels it—from the voice of Cherokee elder Poison Woman to Irish National escapee Lucius to Jack Russell Wheezer, from her description of a fine western room to an army outpost that gets you wondering how did she do this. The book is a remarkable, moving adventure with a story that needs to be told that Miss Sutton tells without judgment but with great passion and deep knowledge. Embark upon this journey. I cannot wait to read her next one.
The plight of the American Indian during their forced move to their government sponsored ghetto - concentration camp -- no other way to call it -- was very well conveyed. The use of alcohol to subdue this entire nation is well explained in the story, so much that it surpassed the love story involved.
A few words of interest: It is mentioned that a main character questioned the lack of tolerance of alcoholic beverages on the Indians. All Mongolic races have the same characteristic. The Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, just to name a few groups, have the same genetic disposition. We should remember that all Indians from the whole American Continent migrated from Mongolia to America through the Bering Straights. The Panamanian Indians cannot drink alcohol without becoming immediately depressed and suicidal in many cases.
The book is well-documented and written in a way that kept me wanting to read non-stop.
This is the second book of this series and follows the characters from the first book from where it left off. They are now on the trail of the whiskey trade that even today decimates the viability and survival of the First Nation. The story speaks for itself. Those appointed to protect the Indians and insure the terms of the New Echota Treaty saw an opportunity for improving their own wealth and with few exceptions joined the Whiskey Trade. This book enlightens the details of these despicable frontiersmen. It also enlightens the reader on those days after the "Trail of Tears" and the dire situation that those that were relocated faced because of the inability of the government to keep their solemn and sworn word to the First Nation or the terms of their treaties. It is no wonder that the Indians would rebel.
Alcohol came in many ways and many forms to the Indian Territory. At first the government set up Fort Osage in 1808 on the Mississippi to inspect and confiscate liquor bound for the Indian Territories. It was an easy exercise to offload the liquor upstream or downstream prior to inspection and then reload the boats after the inspection. In the late 1700s Whiskey was not regulated. It was never outlawed in Canada. The government established what was deemed "The Factory" to control the fur trade of the Indians. The thought was that if the tribes had a product to sell that the hunting grounds could be deemed unnecessary and taken from them. They could make their living off of a cash product and farming their small plots. This was soon discovered by the fur traders and the fraudulent business practices they had devised. Alcohol in its many forms would be smuggled into the Indian Territory and sometimes with the help of soldiers, politicians and wealthy prominent businessmen. Once plied with alcohol the Indian traders would give up the skins for little or no money and with this they failed to support themselves or their families. Some of the alcohol, through bad distilling or intentional means, was nothing but poison and many died drinking almost pure poison. Others died from their dependence on the drink while their families starved or died of exposure. The desire for alcohol soon brought the complete destruction of some families. Belongings, furs and land would be traded for more "fire water". The traders diluted the alcohol more and more and added different ingredients so more would have to be purchased to achieve the desired affects. This poisoning of the Indian Territory continued its legacy on to today's reservations and Native American culture where it continues to destroy and diminish this once proud culture. Suicide rates among Native Americans are the highest by racial category today. Contrasting this to Southern Slaves is interesting. The slave masters did not want their slaves to imbibe in whiskey and kept it from the working masses. It was not beneficial to have drunken and unproductive slaves. The Indians possessed goods that this same type of White Man wanted for profit. It was then deemed perfectly acceptable to use drunkenness for fraud and to keep the Indians under the control of the traders. When the government tightened the inspections for alcohol one enterprising fur trade, Kenneth McKenzie of The American Fur Company, set up his own distillery and paid a crew of White Men to grow the corn and man the distiller for their illegal purposes. It was operating so well he showed it off to one of the Lieutenants from Fort Union. Its undoing was greed. This officer and his partner wished to purchase the alcohol and the prices were set very high or they were simply refused the sale. Because of this the the two reported the operation to the Fort Leavenworth thus closing the distillery.
Alcohol is a problem cross culturally as anything is that is abused. It has per capita a larger effect on the Native American population today as it did back in the days following the trail of tears. The experience today would most likely be termed as "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" from the events of those days. But much more so the uprooting, disrupting and disenchanting the populations of the tribes due to the utter destruction of their culture, spirits, families and community. Please continue to enlighten us of the ignorant masses of the plight of the First Nation now that back in the days of your stories. Resurrect the spirituality of a kind and noble people. Below is a some of the story:
Alcohol and Factory System in Indian Fur Trade
O. Ned Eddins
Congress passed four Trade and Intercourse Acts pertaining to Indian affairs and commerce between 1790 and 1799. Under the 1790 act, the "Factory System" was established in 1791. The Federal Government attempted to control the Indian fur trade as a means of "civilizing" the Indians in order to acquire Indian hunting grounds. Government officials believed if trade goods were provided at a fair price it would keep the Indian villages close to the factory posts, and would eventually lead to the Indians assimilating into the white man culture.
In 1802, an amendment was added to the Trade and Intercourse Acts outlawing the use of liquor in the Indian fur trade. The Trade and Intercourse Acts did not prevent private traders from competing with the government factory posts, which eventually led to the discontinuance of the Factor System. The factory posts could not compete with traders that illegally, or legally, took alcohol to the Indians...federal trading license allowed the traders to take liquor with them for use by their boatmen. The government operated Factory System was abolished in 1822, but the laws making it illegal to sell alcohol to the Indians remained on the books.
President Jefferson (1801 - 1809) attempted to regulate the Indian trade through the Factory System. Jefferson's Indian Policy centered around extinction of the savage way of life, assimilating the surviving Indians into the white economy, and the purchase of Indian hunting grounds for white settlements. His policy had three basic steps for acquiring Indian land:
(1) If necessary bribe influential chiefs to sign treaties, and if that failed any chief would do.
(2) Establish posts for protection against other tribes in exchange for land.
(3) Use cessation of trade, and/or declaration of war, to force Indians into giving up their hunting grounds.
President Jefferson had conflicting views on the American Indians. He believed the Indian culture and the American culture were incompatible. But he also believed, Indians had the oratory skills and family values to climb the ladder of cultural evolution. Indians could be incorporated into the young republic but not in the hunter-gather state. As long as Indians had hunting grounds, they could not be civilized. His belief was the tribes not accepting the white man's civilization should be moved west of the Mississippi. He regarded this as a temporary solution, and eventually, the Indians must adapt to the American way, or be eradicated.
President Jefferson's new republic with liberty and equality for all did not apply to the American Indians. The creation of the new republic sealed the fate of the Indians as roving hunters (Wallace).
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