The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices (American Indian Literature & Critical Studies Series)

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In the dawn of November 29, 1864, a Colorado militia unit attacked a peaceful encampment of Cheyennes by Sand Creek in southeast Colorado Territory and murdered almost two hundred men, women, and children. The massacre defined the history of the West by ensuring that there could be no peace between white settlers and Plains Indians. Today, Sand Creek stands out as one of the most notorious instances of injustice in our nation's history. In The Massacre at Sand Creek, Bruce Cutler retells, in a powerful narrative, the events surrounding this atrocity. He remains faithful to historical fact, but, through a lyrical and poetic version of this tragedy, elicits a dimension of feeling that history books could never call forth.
The Massacre at Sand Creek bridges the gap between literature and history. At once informative and imaginative, it offers new insight into an American tragedy.

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Bruce Cutler was the founder and director of the Creative Writing Program and the Adele Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University until 1987.

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In this searing novel, Cutler (The Dark Fire) brings to life an oft-told tale--and a tragic episode in American history. On Nov. 29, 1864, Colorado volunteers under Col. John Chivington, a former Methodist minister who claimed to be part Indian himself, attacked the peaceful Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle on Sand Creek. This incident, in which hundreds of Indian men, women and children were killed and mutilated, shocked a nation in the midst of its Civil War and led to Congressional inquiries. Cutler tells of the massacre and its aftermath from multiple perspectives, employing such diverse forms as correspondence, newspaper interviews and obituaries. Both white and Indian accounts are presented, with the latter arranged in poetic format to capture the differences between English and the Cheyenne language. Prominent in the account are the letters of Capt. Silas Soule, who commanded a company of cavalry that considered the engagement ``murder pure and simple'' and refused to engage in the killing. Soule was later murdered for his perceived betrayal in opposing Chivington, who remained unrepentant to the end--and against whom no action was ever taken. Cutler recounts this grim tale expertly and with passion, weaving from bits of daily life the stuff of myth.

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