Synopses & Reviews
For almost fifty years George Bird Grinnellandrsquo;s great work The Fighting Cheyennes has stood unrevised and virtually unchallenged as the definitive account of the struggles of the Cheyenne Indians to preserve their way of life. Now Donald J. Berthrong has re-examined Grinnellandrsquo;s findings and searched historical records unavailable to or not used by Grinnell to verify or correct his conclusions. The result is this accurate, highly interesting account of the Cheyennesandrsquo; life on the Great Plains, their system of government and religion, and their relation to the fur and hide trade during their last years of freedom.
After nearly two centuries of fighting other Indians and whites for their lands, in the eighteenth century the Cheyenneandrsquo;s were forced to shift their range from the Minnesota River Valley to the Central and Southern Plains. From 1861 through 1875, they fought to maintain their free, nomadic existence. There were bloody wars with territorial forces and federal troops, and a few years of intermittent peace and retaliation (including the massacre at Sand Creek in 1864).
Finally, after the intensive winter campaign of 1874-75, the fierce Southern Cheyenneandrsquo;s were brought to bay by the U.S. Army and herded onto a reservation in western Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Their turbulent, colorful history related by Berthrong will interest the general reader as well as the historian and anthropologist
After nearly two centuries of fighting for their lands, in the eighteenth century the Cheyennes were forced to shift their range from the Minnesota River Valley to the Central and Southern Plains. Their turbulent, colorful history as related by Thomas J. Berthrong will interest the general reader, historian and anthropologist alike.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 406-425) and index.
About the Author
Donald J. Berthrong is professor Emeritus of History, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a noted authority on the history of the Southern Cheyennes. He other books include The Southern Cheyennes, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press. In 1965 he served as a consultant and expert witness for the Southern Cheyennes before the Indian Claims Commission.