Soun Tetoken: Nez Perce Boy Tames a Stallion

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Although mute since the death of his parents in a fire, a young Nez Perce Indian boy has a happy and adventurous life with his adopted family until a war between the white man and the Indians in the summer of 1877.

An exciting story for children ages 9-13. With unusual sensitivity and clearly evident love for Indian lore and legend, Ken Thomasma vividly recounts the days of the Nez Perce tribe before and during the War of 1877 and surrounding battles. The chief ...

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Overview

Although mute since the death of his parents in a fire, a young Nez Perce Indian boy has a happy and adventurous life with his adopted family until a war between the white man and the Indians in the summer of 1877.

An exciting story for children ages 9-13. With unusual sensitivity and clearly evident love for Indian lore and legend, Ken Thomasma vividly recounts the days of the Nez Perce tribe before and during the War of 1877 and surrounding battles. The chief character is Soun Tetoken (Silent One), and orphan who is adopted by the son of Chief Joseph. The young child witnesses the birth of his colt and then trains him, using only hand signals. Boy and horse are inseparable. When Soun Tetoken undergoes his Wyakin (the ritual meditation period prior to becoming a man), a dramatic event occurs that changes his life and results in the arrival of a coyote pup who shares his adventures from that day on. The growing tension between the Nez Perce and the white man is skillfully recounted. So is the freedom flight down the Bitterroot Valley and the Big Hole Battle. The surrender of Chief Joseph and his unforgettable words, "From where the sun now stands I shall fight no more forever" is dramatically recorded. Ken Tomasma walked through the battlegrounds and spent hours with Vernon Walters, old Chief Joseph's great-great-grandson, to authenticate the details of this story. No wonder the daily life of the Nez Perce and their rich cultural heritage are so realistically depicted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880114070
  • Publisher: Grandview Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1984
  • Sales rank: 535,447
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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