Washakie, Chief of the Shoshones

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Washakie was chief of the eastern band of the Shoshone Indians for almost sixty years, until his death in 1900. A strong leader of his own people, he saw the wisdom of befriending the whites. Grace Raymond Hebard offers an engaging view of Washakie’s long life and the early history of Shoshone-occupied land—embracing present-day Wyoming and parts of Montana, Idaho, and Utah. Washakie is seen signing historic treaties, aiding overland emigrants in the 1850s, and finally assisting whites in fighting the Sioux. ...
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Overview

Washakie was chief of the eastern band of the Shoshone Indians for almost sixty years, until his death in 1900. A strong leader of his own people, he saw the wisdom of befriending the whites. Grace Raymond Hebard offers an engaging view of Washakie’s long life and the early history of Shoshone-occupied land—embracing present-day Wyoming and parts of Montana, Idaho, and Utah. Washakie is seen signing historic treaties, aiding overland emigrants in the 1850s, and finally assisting whites in fighting the Sioux. According to Hebard, Washakie’s role in the battle on the Rosebud in June 1876 saved General Crook from the fate that befell General Custer eight days later on the Little Big Horn.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History

“A book of great merit. . . . Persons interested in the history and romance of the West will be grateful.”—LeRoy R. Hafen, Journal of American History

— LeRoy R. Hafen

American Historical Review
“Hebard has assembled a great deal of interesting and valuable material from the correspondence and memoirs of the fur traders, missionaries, army officers, and pioneers, who were instrumental in opening the region to white settlement.”—American Historical Review
Boston Transcript
“[This] tribute to an Indian chief who stands preeminent as a factor in the development and settlement of the Northwest, and as friend of the United States through the period of the building of the Union Pacific Railroad, is a distinct and important contribution to the history of the Northwest from 1840 to 1900.”—Boston Transcript
Journal of American History - LeRoy R. Hafen
“A book of great merit. . . . Persons interested in the history and romance of the West will be grateful.”—LeRoy R. Hafen, Journal of American History
Boston Transcript

“[This] tribute to an Indian chief who stands preeminent as a factor in the development and settlement of the Northwest, and as friend of the United States through the period of the building of the Union Pacific Railroad, is a distinct and important contribution to the history of the Northwest from 1840 to 1900.”—Boston Transcript

American Historical Review

“Hebard has assembled a great deal of interesting and valuable material from the correspondence and memoirs of the fur traders, missionaries, army officers, and pioneers, who were instrumental in opening the region to white settlement.”—American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803272781
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Pages: 360
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Raymond Hebard (1861–1936) wrote the two-volume Bozeman Trail (Nebraska 1990). The introducer, Richard O. Clemmer-Smith, is a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver and the author of Roads in the Sky: Economic Change and Cultural Continuity among the Hopi.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 15
Preface 17
Sixty Years an Unchallenged Chief 21
Washakie Wins His Name 47
The White-top Wagon Road 57
Chief Washakie and Brigham Young 75
Fort Bridger and Indian Depredations on the Oregon Trail 93
The Great Treaty of July 3, 1868, Giving the Union Pacific Railroad a Right of Way 119
Camp Brown, Discovery of Gold, and Indian Warfare on the Shoshone Reservation 145
A Buffalo Chase down the Big Horn 157
The Prelude to the Custer Tragedy 169
"We Did Not Drive the Sioux, They Drove Us" 193
Washakie and the Arapahoes 207
The Old Chief Signs His Last Treaty 215
The Intimate History of Washakie 225
Fort Washakie 251
The Departure to "Where There is no Longitude nor Latitude" 273
App. I: Ceremonial Dances, Beliefs, and Customs of the Shoshone Tribe 291
App. II: The Spelling of Washakie and Norkuk 313
Bibliography of References Cited 315
Index 323
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