Synopses & Reviews
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press
In autumn 1805, a group of ragged strangers staggered into a camp of Nez Perce Indians on the Kooskooskee River in what is now northern Idaho. The natives discussed killing the starving newcomers and taking the treasures they carried. Instead, they heeded an old woman who said, "Do them no harm!", marking the beginning of a unique friendship between the Nez Perce and the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Pacific Northwest native Zoa L. Swayne spent years writing down the events of 1805 and 1806, as remembered by Nez Perce storytellers. She presents the natives who befriended Lewis and Clark as living, breathing, colorful individuals, not one-dimensional stereotypes. Do Them No Harm! paints a vivid and memorable portrait of Nez Perce life and culture.
About the Author
Zoa Lourana Shaw Swayne, author and illustrator, was born in Torrington, Wyoming in 1905. She was raised in the Pacific NW, majored in art at the University of Idaho, graduating in 1931 with a BS degree in education. She passed away Dec. 22, 2000.