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The White Indian Boy: And Its Sequel the Return of the White Indian Boy


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First published in 1910, The White Indian Boy quickly became a western classic. Readers fascinated by real-life 'cowboys and Indians' thrilled to Nick Wilsonandrsquo;s frontier exploits, as he recounted running away to live with the Shoshone in his early teens, riding for the Pony Express, and helping settle Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The volume was so popular that Wilsonandrsquo;s son Charles was compelled to write a second book, The Return of the White Indian, which picks up in 1895 where the first memoir ends, telling the adventures of Nick Wilsonandrsquo;s later life.

These books, published here as a single volume, are testaments to a unique time and place in American history. Because he had a heart for adventure and unusual proficiency with Native American languages, Wilsonandrsquo;s life became an historical canvas on which was painted both the exploration and the closing of a frontier, as he went from childhood among the Shoshone to work as an interpreter for the U.S. government on Indian reservations in Wyoming and Idaho in his later years. This volume includes new introductory material, a family tree, and a background of Indian-white relations in Jackson Hole. Packed with amazing details about life in the Old West, Wilsonandrsquo;s colorful escapades are once again available to a new generation of readers.

Book News Annotation:

This compilation brings together two memoirs written about one man, Nick Wilson. The first, written by Wilson and previously published in four different versions, was printed in 1910 as Uncle Nick Among the Shoshones and is also known as Among the Shoshones. Wilson was one of the first Mormon converts, and this book chronicles his life after leaving Utah to live with the Shoshone Indians. Wilson then became a Pony Express rider and an interpreter for five Indian languages. The second memoir, first printed in 1985, was written by Wilson's son Charles at the end of his life, and continues Nick's fascinating story with the help of John J. Stewart, who wrote the preface. Charles answers questions about Nick's life and gives further details about his family and eventual return to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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Packed with amazing details about life in the Old West, these colorful escapades are once again available to a new generation of readers.

About the Author

Elijah Nicholas 'Uncle Nick' Wilson (1842andndash;1915) ran away from his Utah home and lived with the Shoshone Indians as a boy. In his later years he settled in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The town of Wilson, Wyoming, is named for him.

Charles Alma Wilson (1901andndash;1999), the son of Elijah Nicholas Wilson, was born in Wilson, Wyoming. Like his father, Charley lived a colorful life as a rancher, government trapper, hunting and fishing guide, and author.

Table of Contents


Foreword by John J Stewart

Preface by Charles Alma Wilson


A Note on the Family Tree of Elijah Nicholas Wilson

The White Indian Boy 1. Pioneer Days

2. My Little Indian Brother

3. Off With the Indians

4. The Great Encampment

5. Village Life

6. My Mother

7. The Crows

8. A Long Journey

9. The Fierce Battle

10. Lively Times

11. Old Morogonai

12. The Big Council

13. Homeward Bound

14. Year of the Move

15. The Pony Express

16. Johnston Punishes the Indians

17. The Overland Stage

18. A Terrible Journey

19. My Old Shosone Friends

20. Trapping With an Indian

21. Working on the Indian Reservation

22. Frontier Troubles

The Return of the White Indian 23. Polygamy

24. The Violin

25. Prologue to Jackson Hole

26. A Heritage

27. Were They Really Horse Thieves?

28. Prologue to Jackson Hole (continued)

29. Prologue to Jackson Hole (continued)

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Ellington (Ton) Smith 30. Jackson Hole Sheep War

31. Jackson Hole Indian War

32. Reminiscence

33. Charley Wilson

34. Charlotte Sarah Wilson (Tragedy)

35. Happy Times

36. A Close Call and Nick Loses His Bishopric

37. Virgil Ward and the Drummer

38. The Telephone

39. Brasfield and Bill Scott

40. Carl Van Winkle

41. Nick McCoy

42. Haleyandrsquo;s Comet

43. Ogden, Utah, Not in Wyoming!

44. Wilderness Acres

45. Raum and Raum (School Days)

46. Jessie K Dayton and Brady Taylor

47. Pioneer Teachers

Jenny Grosh and Fostene Forrester 48. The Hermit

49. Jackson Lake Dam-Was It Worth It?

50. Doctor Huff and Dell Judd

And A Great Man Dies

Product Details

Stewart, John J.
University of Utah Press
Stewart, John J.
Wilson, Charles A.
Stewart, John J.
Wilson, Elijah Nicholas
Frontier and pioneer life
Regional Subjects - West
United States - State & Local - West
Frontier and pioneer life -- Wyoming.
Biography - General
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1st Edition
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104 illustrations
9.00 x 6.00 in

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