By now an esteemed expert on the West, the author of Cowboys of the Wild West moves on to Native Americans. What response should a tribal leader take to white expansion into his people's territories? How that question is answered by six chiefsincluding Red Cloud, Santana and Sitting Bullforms the crux of this book. Their biographies serve as guidelines for negotiation styles, reminders of our government's shame and mother lodes of historical information. Excellent reproduction of the photos gives this reference book a handsome coffee-table look. Ages 8-12. (April)
- Marilyn Courtot
Freedman's award winning book contains the biographies of six Western Indian Chiefs who led their people in a historic moment of crisis, when a decision had to be made about fighting or cooperating with the white pioneers encroaching on their lands. Dakota is the Sioux word meaning allies or friends, and the Dakota plains were the shared hunting grounds of seven Teton Sioux tribes. The chiefs include Red Cloud (Oglala Sioux), Satanta (Kiowa), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Washakie of the Shoshoni, Joseph of the Nez Perce and Sitting Bull (Hunkpapas Teton Sioux).
- Susie Wilde
This is a sympathetic attempt by a non-Indian to rewrite a less European-slanted version of American history. Freedman gives us history through the words and actions of six Native leaders. His photojournalism is cleansed of sentimentality, while conveying the sadness of the insensitive treatment Native Americans received. 1992 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up Freedman presents six Indian leaders from western tribes, each of whom faced the challenge of dealing with the encroachment upon his land in his own way. Included are Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux, Santanta of the Kiowas, Quanah Parker of the Comanches, Washakie of the Shoshonis, Joseph of the Nez Perces, and Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Sioux. With hindsight, it is apparent that none of these men could totally win against the white culture, but they each found a different compromise. Freedman does not romanticize the Indian viewpoint, nor is he judgmental against the whites. He presents a factual, human account of cultures in conflict. The black-and-white photographs and prints reinforce the well-written biographies. Because the coverage is limited to leaders of western tribes, only two of the men in this book are also included in Lynne Deur's more general Indian Chiefs (Lerner, 1972). Freedman's narrative, as in his Children of the Wild West (Clarion, 1983), flows smoothly. The bibliography and index add to the book's usefulness as a resource for research as well. Karen P. Zimmerman, I.D. Weeks Library, University of South Dakota, Vermillion