From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian

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In From the Heart, Lee Miller retrieves the voices of Indian people over five centuries and weaves them into an alternate history of the continent, while introducing us to the grandeur and diversity of the 500 nations who held this land before the first European set foot on it. Here, collected in one volume, is the testimony of more than 250 Indian civilizations - of the Aztec king Montezuma, the Seminole leader Osceola, Tecumseh, Cochise, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Sarah Winnemucca. Through their eyes - and ...
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In From the Heart, Lee Miller retrieves the voices of Indian people over five centuries and weaves them into an alternate history of the continent, while introducing us to the grandeur and diversity of the 500 nations who held this land before the first European set foot on it. Here, collected in one volume, is the testimony of more than 250 Indian civilizations - of the Aztec king Montezuma, the Seminole leader Osceola, Tecumseh, Cochise, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Sarah Winnemucca. Through their eyes - and through the eyes of the white men who fought, betrayed, and, on rare occasions, defended them - we see the shaping of events of the past in a radically different light, one that is tragic yet shows courage in the face of adversity.

An extraordinary collection of excerpts from Native American speeches of the 16th through 19th centuries. Miller's heartfelt historical commentaries supplement the speeches to provide a compelling overview. In their own eloquent words, Osceola, Tecumseh, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, Geronimo and more, give voice to their cultures.

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This is a very sad tale (more properly, tales) of the gradual yet relentless persecution of the American Indian by white settlers and adventurers from the first contacts until the late 19th century. To set the record straight ("to destroy the flawed image of the Indian created so long ago"), editor/narrator Miller offers excerpts of speeches and brief statements from both Natives and whites to illustrate their respective attitudes toward each other. Organized into 12 major geographical regions, the stories of white brutality are presented without relief, and the reader is likely to experience various emotional responses, including horror, anger, outrage, and dismay. Documentation, however, is nil. Apart from individual names and tribal affiliation, little is known of the Indians whose voices are raised; nor is any source material cited (or, in some cases, identification made) for the corresponding voices of whites. Recommended for those libraries that strive for comprehensive coverage of the American Indian.-Charles E. Perry, East Central Univ., Ada, Okla.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679768913
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 1,469,019
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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    Posted November 28, 2007

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    Get this book and hear accounts of the Native Americans in their own words, when it was not history, but their present time. This book is a glimpse past the edited version and outright lies that we've been told about our history as Americans. What is happening in Darfur right now pales in comparison to what the Native Americans were subjected, and stood against.

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