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No assessment of the Plains Indians can be complete without some account of the Pawnees. They ranged from Nebraska to Mexico and, when not fighting among themselves, fought with almost every other Plains tribe at one time or another. Regarded as "aliens" by many other tribes, the Pawnees were distinctively different from most of their friends and enemies.
George Hyde spent more than thirty years collecting materials for his history of the Pawnees. The story is both a rewarding and a painful one. The Pawnee culture was rich in social and religious development. But the Pawnees' highly developed political and religious organization was not a source of power in war, and their permanent villages and high standard of living made them inviting and 'fixed targets for their enemies.
They fought and sometimes defeated larger tribes, even the Cheyennes and Sioux, and in one important battle sent an attacking party of Cheyennes home in humiliation after seizing the Cheyennes' sacred arrows. While many Pawnee heroes died fighting off enemy attacks on Loup Fork, still more died of smallpox, of neglect at the hands of the government, and of errors in the policies of Quaker agents.
In many ways The Pawnee Indians is the best synthesis Hyde ever wrote. It looks far back into tribal history, assessing Pawnee oral history against anthropological evidence and examining military patterns and cultural characteristics.
Hyde tells the story of the Pawnees objectively, reinforcing it with firsthand accounts gleaned from many sources, both Indian and white.
About the Author:
George E. Hyde was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1882. As a boy he became interested in Indians and began writing about them in 1910. He has produced some of the most important books on the American Indian ever written, including Indians of the High Plains, Indians of the Woodlands, Red Cloud's Folk, Spotted Tail's Folk, and Life of George Bent, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Hyde died in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1968 at the age of 86.
Savoie Lottinville, editor of four series of books published by the University of Oklahoma Press during his tenure as director from 1938 to 1967, was Regents Professor of History in the University and Director Emeritus of the Press. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and of the University of Oxford, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Title: The Pawnee Indians (Civilization of American...
Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publication Date: 1973
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0806110651I3N01
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1974. Hard Cover (x-library). Book Condition: VG-. Dust Jacket Condition: DJ VG-. 1st Printing. Ex-library with usual markings and labels, card pocket rear. Dust jacket in plastic sleeve, glued to end papers. A clean, tight copy. Size: Small Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 01101260
Book Description UNIV. OF OKLAHOMA PRESS, NORMAN, 1951. FIRM. Book Condition: NICE EX- LIBRARY. Dust Jacket Condition: NICE, PR. CLIP. First PRINTING OF THE NEW EDITION 1974. HISTORY. Bookseller Inventory # 003020
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, 1974. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Book Condition: Very Good -. Stout 8vo, 372 pp, VG+ in pictorial dust jacket (dj spine sunned & price-clipped; small price label on dj front). Illustrated in b&w. First printing of the "new" edition. Bookseller Inventory # 9962
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ. New Edition. Pp: vii + 372. Titles: sp. Frontis. Illust. w/ b/w maps, portraits, prints & photos (listed). Beige cloth bds. Decorative endpapers. Interior leaves are clean and tight. From the Civilization of the American Indian Series. History of the Pawnee Indians of the Great Plains. Original printing was in 1951. Includes notes, appendixes & index. Bookseller Inventory # 006274
Book Description University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good -. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. (1974), 372pp, illus., 'The Civilization of the American Indian Series, No. 128', corners slightly bumped, slight soiling to cover, some soiling & slight edgewear to dj. Bookseller Inventory # 10-0470
Book Description Univ of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. New Edition -. Copy has a very minor pressure mark on the front foreside, dj has light shelf wear rubbing, small closed nick on the front foreside inside flap, clean, tight and straight, looks unread. 1st printing of the New Edition. Hyde spent more than thirty years collecting materials for his history of the Pawnee, both a rewarding and painful one, the Pawnee culture was rich in social and religious development, but this was not a source of power in war, and they were inviting targets for their enemies. First published in a limited edition in 1951, it has been out of print. With b/w illustrations. xi/372pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 003315
Book Description Univ of Oklahoma Pr, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Printing of New Ed.. 372 pp. (INDIANS). Bookseller Inventory # 006572
Book Description University of Oklahoma, 1974. 1st printing of a new editin and VG+ in a VG dw. No marks and not price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 27272
Book Description Univ of Oklahoma Pr, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020806110651