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The Northern Cheyenne Exodus In History And Memory.

Leiker, James N. & Powers, Ramon.

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ISBN 10: 0806143703 / ISBN 13: 9780806143705
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2011
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276 pages. Softcover. New book. NATIVE AMERICANS. How the Northern Cheyenne exodus has been remembered, told, and retold. The exodus of the Northern Cheyennes in 1878 and 1879, an attempt to flee from Indian Territory to their Montana homeland, is an important event in American Indian history. It is equally important in the history of towns like Oberlin, Kansas, where Cheyenne warriors killed more than forty settlers. The Cheyennes, in turn, suffered losses through violent encounters with the U.S. Army. More than a century later, the story remains familiar because it has been told by historians and novelists, and on film. In The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, James N. Leiker and Ramon Powers explore how the event has been remembered, told, and retold. They examine the recollections of Indians and settlers and their descendants, and they consider local history, mass-media treatments, and literature to draw thought-provoking conclusions about how this story has changed over time. The Cheyennes' journey has always been recounted in melodramatic stereotypes, and for the last fifty years most versions have featured "noble savages" trying to reclaim their birthright. Here, Leiker and Powers deconstruct those stereotypes and transcend them, pointing out that history is never so simple. "The Cheyennes' flight," they write, "had left white and Indian bones alike scattered along its route from Oklahoma to Montana." In this view, the descendants of the Cheyennes and the settlers they encountered are all westerners who need history as a "way of explaining the bones and arrowheads" that littered the plains. Leiker and Powers depict a rural West whose diverse peoplesÑEuro-American and Native American alikeÑseek to preserve their heritage through memory and history. Anyone who lives in the contemporary Great Plains or who wants to understand the West as a whole will find this book compelling. James N. Leiker is author of Racial Borders: Black Soldiers along the Rio Grande and Associate Professor of History at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Ramon Powers, formerly Executive Director of the Kansas State Historical Society, is author of articles on Plains Indians history. Award-winning Books View Our Catalogs Visit Our Blog Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Visit the OU Press Youtube Channel Join Our E-mail List Send info about this book to friends, family and associates. CONTINUE Related INTEREST A Northern Cheyenne Album A Northern Cheyenne Album By: John Woodenlegs Tell Them We Are Going Home Tell Them We Are Going Home By: John Monnett Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers By: William Chalfant * DESCRIPTION * AUTHOR BIO * REVIEWS/PRAISE * PREVIEW How the Northern Cheyenne exodus has been remembered, told, and retold The exodus of the Northern Cheyennes in 1878 and 1879, an attempt to flee from Indian Territory to their Montana homeland, is an important event in American Indian history. It is equally important in the history of towns like Oberlin, Kansas, where Cheyenne warriors killed more than forty settlers. The Cheyennes, in turn, suffered losses through violent encounters with the U.S. Army. More than a century later, the story remains familiar because it has been told by historians and novelists, and on film. In The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, James N. Leiker and Ramon Powers explore how the event has been remembered, told, and retold. They examine the recollections of Indians and settlers and their descendants, and they consider local history, mass-media treatments, and literature to draw thought-provoking conclusions about how this story has changed over time. The Cheyennes' journey has always been recounted in melodramatic stereotypes, and for the last fifty years most versions have featured "noble savages" trying to reclaim their birthright. Here, Leiker and Powers deconstruct those stereotypes and transcend. Bookseller Inventory # 77630X1

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Title: The Northern Cheyenne Exodus In History And ...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

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The exodus of the Northern Cheyennes in 1878 and 1879, an attempt to flee from Indian Territory to their Montana homeland, is an important event in American Indian history. It is equally important in the history of towns like Oberlin, Kansas, where Cheyenne warriors killed more than forty settlers. The Cheyennes, in turn, suffered losses through violent encounters with the U.S. Army. More than a century later, the story remains familiar because it has been told by historians and novelists, and on film. In The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, James N. Leiker and Ramon Powers explore how the event has been remembered, told, and retold. They examine the recollections of Indians and settlers and their descendants, and they consider local history, mass-media treatments, and literature to draw thought-provoking conclusions about how this story has changed over time.

The Cheyennes’ journey has always been recounted in melodramatic stereotypes, and for the last fifty years most versions have featured “noble savages” trying to reclaim their birthright. Here, Leiker and Powers deconstruct those stereotypes and transcend them, pointing out that history is never so simple. “The Cheyennes’ flight,” they write, “had left white and Indian bones alike scattered along its route from Oklahoma to Montana.” In this view, the descendants of the Cheyennes and the settlers they encountered are all westerners who need history as a “way of explaining the bones and arrowheads” that littered the plains.

Leiker and Powers depict a rural West whose diverse peoples—Euro-American and Native American alike—seek to preserve their heritage through memory and history. Anyone who lives in the contemporary Great Plains or who wants to understand the West as a whole will find this book compelling.

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James N. Leiker is author of Racial Borders: Black Soldiers along the Rio Grande and Associate Professor of History at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

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