Native American Testimony: Chronicle Indian White Relations from Prophecy Present 19422000 (rev Edition)


Revised to bring this important chronicle to the end of the millennium, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen though Indian eyes and told through Indian voices. Beginning with the Indians' first encounters with European explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and soldiers to the challenges confronting Native American culture today, Native American Testimony is a series of powerful and moving documents spanning five hundred years of interchange between ...
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Revised to bring this important chronicle to the end of the millennium, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen though Indian eyes and told through Indian voices. Beginning with the Indians' first encounters with European explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and soldiers to the challenges confronting Native American culture today, Native American Testimony is a series of powerful and moving documents spanning five hundred years of interchange between the two peoples. Drawing from a wide range of sources--traditional narratives, Indian autobiographies, government transcripts, firsthand interviews, and more--Nabokov has assembled a remarkably rich and vivid collection, representing nothing less than an alternate history of North America.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anthropologist Nabokov ( Two Leggings ) here reorganizes his impressive 1978 book of the same title and expands it with additional material on relations between Native Americans and whites to cover the reservation period of the mid-1800s to the present. This unique history is told in the voices of the vanquished Indians as they contemplate the whites' invasion of the continent and observe threats to their survival and that of their culture. Using government documents, recorded speeches, newspaper interviews and autobiographies, Nabokov revivifies the words of Sitting Bull, Ely Parker, Tecumseh and others as they speak on such themes as first encounters with Christianity, education in government schools and defiance of the status quo in the 1960s and '70s. Coupled with Nabokov's lucid lead-ins, the testimony recorded here offers a compelling alternative view of U.S. history. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
Library Journal
From the author of the classic Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior ( LJ 6/15/67), this collection of documents, drawn from North American Indian oral culture and from government transcripts, reservation newspapers, and autobiographies, spans 500 years of interchange between Indians and whites. Based on sound ethnology, with eloquent and informed chapter introductions, it consists of two parts. The first nine chapters were originally published as Native American Testimony: An Anthology of Indian- White Relations; First Encounters to Dispossession (Crowell, 1978). This part begins with prophecies of white people's arrival and chronicles responses to explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and government presence. The earlier anthology has been expanded by the addition of a longer second part, ``Reservation to Resurgence,'' in which materials up to the present are included. Here land allotment (the Dawes Act), old ways versus white ways, the Native American Church, patriotism, and ``New Indian Wars'' are observed. Frequent hopeless ness is described: in the words of a Crow elder, ``Our hearts were on the ground.'' In the tradition of Charles Hamilton's Cry of the Thunderbird (1950), this book com plements Wilcomb E. Washburn's huge The American Indian and the United States ( LJ 4/15/74, o.p.); for the effectiveness of many oral transcriptions it may be compared with Virginia Irving Arm strong's I Have Spoken ( LJ 9/15/71). Native American Testimony is highly recommended.-- Margaret W. Norton, Fenwick High Sch., Oak Park, Ill.
School Library Journal
YA-- A collection of primary-source material, grouped by key issues that arose during 500 years of Indian and white encounters in North America. Nabokov uses traditional narratives, old government transcripts, reservation newspapers, and firsthand interviews to highlight this chronological volume. Photographs appear throughout, making Indian history come alive. An extensive source section and index complete this volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140281590
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 113,836
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. His previous books include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, and Architecture of Acoma Pueblo.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.
Part One: First Encounter to Dispossession
Chapter 1. Premonitions and Prophecies
1. He Will Use Any Means to Get What He Wants (Dan Katchongva, Hopi)
2. White Rabbit Got Lotsa Everything (Lucy Young, Wintu)
3. Visitors from Heaven (Norval Morriseau, Ojibway)
4. Thunder's Dream Comes True (Black Hawk, Sauk)
5. Easy Life of the Gray-Eyed (James Paytiamo, Acoma Pueblo)
6. The Spider's Web (Black Elk, Oglala Sioux)
Chapter 2. Face to Face
1. Their Wondrous Works and Ways (Charles Alexander Eastman, Santee Sioux)
2. Before They Got Thick (Percy Bigmouth, Lipan Apache)
3. Silmoodawa Gives a Complete Performance (Anonymous, Micmac)
4. A Different Kind of Man (First Boy, Assiniboine)
5. I Hid Myself and Watched (Pretty Shield, Crow; Jaime, Navajo)
Chapter 3. Exchange Between Worlds
1. Thunder, Dizzying Liquid, and Cups that Do Not Grow (Waiokasit, Menominee)
2. Keep Your Presents (Curly Chief, Pawnee)
3. Give Us Good Goods (Anonymous, tribe unknown)
4. You Rot the Guts of Our Young Men (King Haglar, Catawba)
5. Some Strange Animal (Wolf Calf, Piegan)
6. Buttocks Bags and Green Coffee Bread (Anonymous, Jicarilla Apache)
7. The Bewitched Pale Man (Vital Thomas, Dogrib)
Chapter 4. Bearers of the Cross
1. Burn the Temples, Break Up the Bells (Pedro Naranjo, San Felipe Pueblo)
2. A Good Indian's Dilemma (Anonymous, Fox)
3. We Never Quarrel About Religion (Red Jacket, Iroquois)
4. Janitin is named Jesús (Janitin, Kamia)
5. The Freedom to Work (Pablo Tac, Luiseño)
6. A Shaman Obeys (Pedro Encinales, Salinan)
7. Always Give Blessings and Be Thankful (Jim Whitewolf, Kiowa Apache)
Chapter 5. Living Beside Each Other
1. Remove the Cause of Our Uneasiness (Wahunsonacock, Powhatan Confederacy
2. Mary Jemison Becomes an Iroquois (Mary Jemison, Iroquois)
3. Our Very Good Friend Kirk (The Old Snake et al., Shawnee)
4. The Frenchman Dreams Himself Home (Anonymous, Winnebago)
5. Incident at Boyer Creek (Anonymous, Omaha)
6. Our Stock of Food and Clothes (Aleck Paul, Chippewa)
7. If I Could See This Thing (George Bent, Southern Cheyenne)
Chapter 6. The Long Resistance
1. We Must Be United (Tecumseh, Shawnee)
2. Black Hawk Stands Alone (William Jones, Fox)
3. Blood Scattered Like Water (William Benson, Pomo)
4. Young Men, Go Out and Fight Them (Wooden Leg, Northern Cheyenne)
5. Geronimo Puts Down the Gun (Jason Betzinez, Southern Chiricahua Apache)
Chapter 7. The Treaty Trail
1. Let Us Examine the Facts (Corn Tassel, Cherokee)
2. Osceola Determined (Osceola et al., Seminole)
3. My Son, Stop Your Ears (Chief Joseph, Nez Percé)
4. We Are Not Children (Medicine Horse et al., Otoe)
5. Plenty Coups Travels to Washington (Plenty Coups, Crow)
Chapter 8. Exiles in Their Own Land
1. Plea from the Chickasaw (Levi Colbert et al, Chickasaw)
2. Tushpa Crosses the Mississippi (James Culbertson, Choctaw)
3. Corralling the Navajo (Chester Arthur, Navajo)
4. The Uprooted Winnebago (Little Hill, Winnebago)
5. Standing Bear's Odyssey (Standing Bear, Ponca)
Chapter 9. The Nation's Hoop is Broken and Scattered
1. The Buffalo Go (Old Lady Horse, Kiowa)
2. Take Care of Me (Wild Cat, Seminole)
3. I Am Alone (Cochise, Chiricahua Apache)
4. I Have Spoken (Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux)
5. I Want to Look for My Children (Chief Joseph, Nez Percé)
6. No Dawn to the East (Anonymous, tribe unknown)
7. Gone Forever (Buffalo Bird Woman, Hidatsa)
8. This Awful Loneliness (Anonymous, Omaha)
9. A Wish (Flint Knife, Blackfoot)
Part Two: Reservation to Resurgence
Chapter 10. The Very Small Islands
1. Treated Better by Wolves (Struck By The Ree, Yankton Sioux; Passing Hail, Santee Sioux)
2. We Lost Everything (Herrero, Navajo)
3. The Way Agents Get Rich (Sarah Winnemucca, Paiute)
4. The Career of Ely Parker (Ely S. Parker, Seneca-Iroquois)
5. Annie Makes Her Choice (Annie Lowry, Paiute)
6. We Had Everything to Learn (Carl Sweezy, Arapaho)
Chapter 11. To Learn Another Way
1. Responsive and Resistant Students (Ellis B. Childers, Creek; Lone Wolf, Blackfoot)
2. He Is Not One of Us (Sun Elk, Taos Pueblo)
3. What Harm Is in Our Sun-dance? (Anonymous, Blackfoot)
4. We Will Dance (Anonymous, Kwakiutl)
5. Dr. Fewkes Plays Like a Child (Edmund Nequatewa, Hopi)
6. Judge Wooden Leg Keeps One Wife (Wooden Leg, Northern Cheyenne)
Chapter 12. The Flood Has Come
1. A House of Our Own (Joseph La Flesche et al., Omaha)
2. Luther's Father Stands Alone (Luther Standing Bear, Rosebud Sioux)
3. Half White and Half Indian (John Stands in Timber, Northern Cheyenne)
4. We Want to Tell You Something (Albert Yava, Hopi)
5. He-na-Tom, the Hoodwinker (Lucy Thompson, Yurok)
6. The Dead Did Not Return (Anonymous, Pine Ridge Sioux)
Chapter 13. Hearts on the Ground
1. Life on the Checkerboard (Ruth Muskrat Bronson, Cherokee)
2. Big Man's Rules and Laws (Alexander Posey, Creek)
3. The Outrage of Allotment (DeWitt Clinton Duncan, Cherokee)
4. Farming and Futility (Martin Charlot, Flathead-Salish)
5. The Hopi Push of War (Helen Sekaquaptewa, Hopi)
Chapter 14. A Twentieth-Century Indian Voice
1. The Best and the Brightest (Society of American Indians)
2. Laughing at Themselves (Anonymous)
3. From Wassaja to Montezuma (Carlos Montezuma, Yavapai-Apache)
4. Suddenly a Gate (Michael Posluns, Shuswap)
5. Following the Medicine (Anonymous, Washoe)
6. Scandal in Oklahoma (Gertrude Bonnin, Sioux et al.)
Chapter 15. Interlude of Hope
1. Hard Times in Sioux Country (John Fire Lame Deer, Sioux)
2. Neglect Along the Klamath (Robert Spott, Yurok)
3. The Twenties at San Juan (Alfonso Ortiz, San Juan Pueblo)
4. Commissioner Collier Is on Our Side (Antonio Luhan, Taos Pueblo)
5. Resisting the Indian New Deal (Rupert Costo, Cahuilla)
6. Debate Over IRA (Alfred DuBray, Sioux; Ramon Roubideaux, Sioux)
7. Reducing Navajo Sheep (The Blind Man's Daughter, Navajo)
Chapter 16. In and Out of the Mainstream
1. Counting Coup in World War Two (Joseph Medicine Crow, Crow)
2. A Code Talker Comes Home (Anonymous, Navajo)
3. The Menominees Are Terminated (DRUMS committee, Menominee)
4. On Relocation (Bennie Bearskin, Winnebago; Watt Spade, Cherokee)
5. Stopping Erosion (Anonymous, Navajo)
Chapter 17. Let's Raise Some Hell
1. The New Indian Wars (Laura McCloud, Tulalip)
2. Invading Alcatraz (Adam Fortunate Eagle, Red Lake Chippewa)
3. Discovery: The Beeah Tribe (Anonymous)
4. Birth of AIM (Vernon Bellecourt, Chippewa)
5. Confrontation or Negotiation (Gerald Vizenor, White Earth Chippewa)
Chapter 18. So Long as This Land Exists
1. Going Back (Little Star, tribe unknown)
2. Hopis and the Love Generation (Peter Nuvamsa, Sr., Hopi; Fred Coyote, Wailaki)
3. Eskimos and "The Act" (Fred Bigjim, Eskimo; and James Ito-Adler)
4. Dark Sky Over Black Mesa (Asa Bazhonoodah, Navajo)
5. Indian Children in Crisis (Anonymous, Oklahoma Indian; Anonymous, Hopi)
Chapter 19. It's Hard to Be Indian
1. What Am I (Anonymous)
2. Alone and Very Scared (Richard S. Cardinal, Chipewyan)
3. Notes from Indian Country (Tim Giago, Sioux)
4. Before and After Gambling (Jim Northrup, Ojibwe)
5. Sovereignty Revitalized (Donald L. Fixico, Creek-Seminole-Shawnee-Sac and Fox)
6. Restoring Life to the Dead (Rosemary Cambra, Muwekma)
7. First and Last Eskimos (Anonymous, Eskimo)
8. Resistance at Oka (Peter Blue Cloud, Mohawk)
9. Confronting Columbus Again (N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa)
Chapter 20. Towards a Native Millennium
1. Thorns in the Side (Leslie Logan)
2. History Repeating Itself (Jenine Dumont, Metis)
3. Old Names in Charge (Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee; Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Cheyenne)
4. Different Programs (Ben Bray, Creek)
5. Reuniting with Beauty (Rose Johnson/Tsosie, Navajo)
6. Speedboat or Canoe? (Watt Scraper, Cherokee)
7. An Eagle Nation (Carter Revard, Osage)
8. The End of the World (The Zuñi People; Anonymous, Apache)
Notes on sources
Illustration credits
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    I highly recommend the reading of this book for all Americans.

    Extremely educational journey through not only native american history, but also the culture of this countries indigenous peoples. I felt as if I was there listening to the old ones relate what was passed down to them.

    Wonderful journey..........

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