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The Hunt for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and Popular Culture

Sandos, James A.;Burgess, Larry E.

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ISBN 10: 0806125985 / ISBN 13: 9780806125985
Published by Univ of Oklahoma Pr, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1994
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First Printing w/full number line beginning with "1." Includes American Indian perspectives not previously dealt with. DJ has Robert Redford photo (from the 1969 movie "Tell them Willie Boy is here") and early 1900's photo of the real "Willie Boy." Presents as very carefully read if read at all. Mylar protected DJ. Bookseller Invt. #C00160312E. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000312

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Title: The Hunt for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and ...

Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition/First Printing.

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Recounts the events of what has been called the West's last famous manhunt--the tracking and killing of a Paiute-Chemeheuvi Indian, Willie Boy--drawing on previously untapped sources to detail the native side of the story.


In the popular imagination, the clash of Native American nations with Europeans is seen as a series of battles and massacres, of large events. History operates on much smaller increments, as Sandos and Burgess demonstrate in their study of an incident in California in 1909. A Chemehuevi Indian, Willie Boy, killed another Chemehuevi and kidnapped his daughter, whom he later also killed. Indian-on-Indian crime did not attract much attention in those days, but white law-enforcement officials decided to make a lesson of Willie Boy, whose "violence exemplified a 'return to savagery' of a supposedly assimilated Indian." Hunted by a huge posse, Willie Boy died by his own hand. But during the manhunt, sheriffs removed dozens of Indian families from their oases "for their own protection." Those families would never return.

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