War Dance at Fort Marion: Plains Indian War Prisoners

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2006 - History - 290 pages
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War Dance at Fort Marion tells the powerful story of Kiowa, Cheyenne, Comanche, and Arapaho chiefs and warriors detained as prisoners of war by the U.S. Army. Held from 1875 until 1878 at Fort Marion in Saint Augustine, Florida, they participated in an educational experiment, initiated by Captain Richard Henry Pratt, as an alternative to standard imprisonment. This book, the first complete account of a unique cohort of Native peoples, brings their collective story to life and pays tribute to their individual talents and achievements.

Throughout their incarceration, the Plains Indian leaders followed Pratt’s rules and met his educational demands even as they remained true to their own identities. Their actions spoke volumes about the sophistication of their cultural traditions, as they continued to practice Native dances and ceremonies and also illustrated their history and experiences in the now-famous ledger drawing books.

Brad D. Lookingbill’s War Dance at Fort Marion draws on numerous primary documents, especially Native American accounts, to reconstruct the war prisoners’ story. The author shows that what began as Pratt’s effort to end the Indians’ resistance to their imposed exile transformed into a new vision to mold them into model citizens in mainstream American society, though this came at the cost of intense personal suffering and loss for the Indians.

  

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Contents

Prologue
3
War on the Southern Plains
10
From Fort Sill to Fort Marion
35
The Fort Marion Regimen
58
The St Augustine Experience
82
Inside the Prison School
106
The Last Days of Exile
149
The Exiles Return
174
Epilogue
199
List of Indian Prisoners
205
Bibliography
259
Index 283
272
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About the author (2006)

Brad D. Lookingbill is Associate Professor of History at Columbia College, Missouri.

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