Lame Bird's Legacy

Lame Bird's Legacy

by Dan Strawn


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A host of characters, real and fictional, reveal the poignancy of the heroic retreat that came to be known as the Nez Perce War of 1877. Lame Bird's Legacy portrays the impact of empire-making events on the lives of ordinary people living in historic times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927134948
Publisher: Bluewood Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Born in Idaho, raised in Idaho and California, retired in Washington, Dan Strawn is a true son of the West. He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Sandi, and their Border Collie, Idaho. In addition to writing, he and Sandi travel, spend time in their mountain retreat in the foothills of the High Sierras, and try to keep up with their twenty grandchildren.

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Lame Bird's Legacy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Bookworm-DC More than 1 year ago
I Highly Recommend!! If you enjoy reading historically based books with wonderfully appealing characters, or if you are just always on the lookout for a well written story, I highly recommend Lame Bird’s Legacy by Dan Strawn.  The author is a natural born storyteller whose writing engages you from the very start.  With each paged turned you begin to feel more invested in the storyline, and as each character is introduced, the historical drama begins to unfolds.  Early on, it is revealed that there are several personal journeys taking place in Lame Bird’s Legacy.  Eventually they all become fatefully interwoven as the main characters; a young Nez Pearce Indian brave: Lame Bird, the other, a fledgling Cavalrymen: Isaac Ramsey, find themselves on opposite sides in the middle of the Nez Perce war of 1877.  Along the way, other key figures emerge, adding even more depth to the story. As treaties with the Nez Perce Indians are made and broken by the white man, their leader: Chief Joseph, resists efforts to remove his people from their beloved land in the fertile Wallowa Valley (what is now northeastern Oregon), and onto a designated Indian reservation in Idaho.  The tribe has lost trust in the white man’s promises, and the United States Calvary takes chase across the west, in pursuit of the “off” reservation Nez Perce Indian’s through; Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.  Along the journey, both Indians and soldiers alike, experience hardships, difficult decisions, and life altering revelations.  Lame Bird’s Legacy is filled with a vast array of interesting characters, each with their own story to tell.  Dan Strawn has an amazing ability to draw you into the story, as he creates for the reader a fascinating historical backdrop.  I found it hard to put the book down, once I began reading it. The characters were so rich and diverse that I was quickly captivated by and invested in their lives, and caught up in the journey’s each were taking. The author is an accomplished writer and it is clear that his work with the Nez Perce tribe, and at the Nez Perce National Historical Park as an interpreter, has impacted his writing.  I have read other stories by this author (Isaac’s Gun for one.) and I wholly encourage you to read them!  If you are a history buff, or enjoy historical fiction; or, if you just want to read a well written novel, pick up one of Dan Strawn’s books.  You won’t be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased a print copy of this book from the publisher just to have the signed copy! I am a big fan of Mr. Strawn. "Lame Bird's Legacy" is an emotional and action packed journey through history. The book begins with the life and victories of Rides  Well, a brave warrior and a hero to his peers. With Rides Well's passing, the story moves on to the young Lame Bird and his people. Days before the cavalry attempts to force the Nez Perez from their land, Lame Bird participates in the vision quest which will dictate his  future. Soon the cavalry and a group of blood hungry enemy natives force the Nez Perez to flee. More than once, I was brought to tears by the vivid and detailed descriptions of the hardships both sides experience. Though history tells us the winner, the true victors of  'Lame Bird's Legacy' are the brave men who care more for what is right rather than they battle the fight. Mr. Strawn navigates the narrative with ease as he shows the horrors of war through not only the Native American people's eyes  but the soldiers who hunt them.