The Washakie Letters of Willie Ottogary: Northwestern Shoshone Journalist and Leader, 1906-1929

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Logan, Utah 2000 Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 0874214025. Near new condition, both book and dust jacket.; 1.32 x 9.58 x 6.52 Inches; 331 pages; Writings by ... American Indians from the early twentieth century or earlier are rare. Willie Ottogary's letters have the distinction of being firsthand reports of an Indian community's ongoing social life by a community member and leader. The Northwestern Shoshone residing at the Washakie colony in northern Utah descended from survivors of the Bear River Massacre. For over 20 years, local newspapers in Utah and southern Idaho regularly published letters from Ottogary. Read more Show Less

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Originally published in Utah and Idaho newspapers during the first decades of the 20th century, these Native American vernacular writings describe the day-to-day social and cultural life of a Shoshone community in northern Utah, noting the Shoshone's economic, political, and social concerns, problems, and achievements. Appendixes feature treaties, a white community's social column, Ottogary's travels, agricultural facts, and newspaper descriptions of boxing matches. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874214024
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Editorial Method 19
1 I Will Write a Few Line, 1906-1910 23
2 Willie Ottogary Breaks Silence, 1911-1913 41
3 I Am Going Tell Some News, 1914-1920 65
4 I Will Start on My Stories, 1921-1922 99
5 We Expect Get Some Land from Our Big White Pop in Future Time, 1923-1924 125
6 You People May Read My Writing Long as I Work, 1925-1926 156
7 Our People Haven't Got Any Land for Their Own, 1927-1929 199
Conclusion 242
App. A Shoshone Treaties, 1863 249
App. B "Local Brevities": A White Community's Social Column 253
App. C The Travels of Willie Ottogary 255
App. D Exhibit of Acreage and Produce 256
App. E "Willie Ottogary Goes East Again" 258
App. F Awards and Prizes Presented at Utah State Fair, 1915 260
App. G Washakie Ward Leadership Positions 262
App. H Newspaper Accounts of Two of the Ottogary's Early Boxing Matches 264
Notes 266
Bibliography 280
Biographical Register and Index 285
Abbreviations 285
Subject Index 322
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