Jack Cahill, December 6, 2013 (view all comments by Jack Cahill)
There is no better account of what the government did, and is still doing, to the original Americans than this very moving book. If a work of fiction were so full of heroes, anti-heroes, villains, danger, treachery, and tragedy, we'd hesitate to believe it- and this book is a very real account of a sadly overlooked part of this nation's history. Peter Matthiessen- my favorite living author- delves into his subject, with some hardship and peril, and brings us facts that we should all know about the country we live in and what its government is capable of.
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Jack Cahill, March 11, 2012 (view all comments by Jack Cahill)
Every American should read this book. Usually we think of what the government did to American Indians as ancient history. Matthiessen brings the story straight up to date and reminds us that people are still fighting for their rights within this country's borders. Also, his prose is matchless, and he combines the historical, spiritual and political seamlessly- just like the worldview of the men and women in this book.
SPEEDY, June 12, 2011 (view all comments by SPEEDY)
"IN THE SPRIT OF CRAZYHORSE" IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.
PETER MAITHERSON BROUGHT TO LIFE THE PLIGHT OF MY NATIVE PEOPLE AND AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED, NOT ONE AUTHOR SINCE DEE BROWNS "BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE" HAS COME SO CLOSE TO THE TRUTH, ACTUALLY A GRAPHIC TRUTH IS WHAT I MEANT.I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THE CORRUPT UNITED STATES GOVERMENT BANNED THE BOOK FROM PUBLICATION CONSIDERING THEIR ANTI NATIVE STANCE. MY PEOPLE ARE FROM SOUTH DAKOTA AND PINE RIDGE SO I KNOW WHAT GOES ON THERE IN REAL LIFE, AND ITS STILL HAPPENING NOW.. BY THE OFFSPRING OF DICK WILSON AND THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN THE "HANG AROUND THE FORTS" AND THE PEOPLE
JUST THIS YEAR, SOME NATIVE ELDERS FROZE TO DEATH BECAUSE THE MONEY ISSUED TO THE PEOPLE DID NOT GET TO WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSE TO GO, BUT STRAIGHT INTO THE GREEDY CORRUPT POCKETS OF THE TRIBAL GOVERMENT COFFERS TO FUND THEIR BIG FAT GREEDY CELEBRITY LIFESTYLES ETC. THEY COULD'NT EVEN BE BOTHERED SENDING SOMEONE OUT TO CHECK ON THE PEOPLE AND TAKE THEM SOME FUEL FOR THEIR HEATERS OR WOOD FOR THEIR FIRES....OR FOOD.
THIS IS AMERICA FOLKS....NOT SOME 3RD WORLD COUNTRY. ALWAYS BIG NOTING THEMSELVES ABOUT BEING LIBERATORS FOR COUNTRIES IN NEED AND YET THEY CAN'T EVEN LOOK AFTER THE CITIZENS IN THEIR OWN BACK YARDS.
THESE PEOPLE DON'T WANT CHARITY. THEY WANT A FAIR GO FOLKS.
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Frederick E. Hoxie, one of our most prominent and celebrated academic historians of Native American history, has for years asked his undergraduate students at the beginning of each semester to write down the names of three American Indians. Almost without exception, year after year, the names are Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. The general conclusion is inescapable: Most Americans instinctively view Indians as people of the past who occupy a position outside the central narrative of American history. These three individuals were warriors, men who fought violently against American expansion, lost, and died. Itandrsquo;s taken as given that Native history has no particular relationship to what is conventionally presented as the story of America. Indians had a history too; but theirs was short and sad, and it ended a long time ago.and#160;
In This Indian Country, Hoxie has created a bold and sweeping counter-narrative to our conventional understanding. Native American history, he argues, is also a story of political activism, its victories hard-won in courts and campaigns rather than on the battlefield. For more than two hundred years, Indian activistsandmdash;some famous, many unknown beyond their own communitiesandmdash;have sought to bridge the distance between indigenous cultures and the republican democracy of the United States through legal and political debate. Over time their struggle defined a new language of andldquo;Indian rightsandrdquo; and created a vision of American Indian identity. In the process, they entered a dialogue with other activist movements, from African American civil rights to womenandrsquo;s rights and other progressive organizations.
Hoxie weaves a powerful narrative that connects the individual to the tribe, the tribe to the nation, and the nation to broader historical processes. He asks readers to think deeply about how a country based on the values of liberty and equality managed to adapt to the complex cultural and political demands of people who refused to be overrun or ignored. As we grapple with contemporary challenges to national institutions, from inside and outside our borders, and as we reflect on the array of shifting national and cultural identities across the globe, This Indian Country provides a context and a language for understanding our present dilemmas.
An indescribably touching, extraordinarily intelligent" (Los Angeles Times Book Review) chronicle of a fatal gun-battle between FBI agents and American Indian Movement activists byrenowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise
On a hot June morning in 1975, a desperate shoot-out between FBI agents and Native Americans near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, left an Indian and two federal agents dead. Four members of the American Indian Movement were indicted on murder charges, and one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted and is now serving consecutive life sentences in a federal penitentiary. Behind this violent chain of events lie issues of great complexity and profound historical resonance, brilliantly explicated by Peter Matthiessen in this controversial book. Kept off the shelves for eight years because of one of the most protracted and bitterly fought legal cases in publishing history, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse reveals the Lakota tribes long struggle with the U.S. government, and makes clear why the traditional Indian concept of the earth is so important at a time when increasing populations are destroying the precious resources of our world.
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