Half-Sun on the Columbia: A Biography of Chief Moses

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1995 - History - 377 pages
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Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Regional Award

Chief Moses (Sulktalthscosum or Half-Sun) was chief of the Columbias, a Salish-speaking people of the mid Columbia River area in what is now the state of Washington. This award-winning biography by Robert Ruby and John Brown situates Moses in the opening of the Northwest and subsequent Indian-white relations, between 1850 and 1898. Early in life Moses had won a name for himself battling whites, but with the maturity and responsibilities of chieftainship, he became a diplomat and held his united tribe at peace in spite of growing white encroachment. He resisted the call to arms of his friend Chief Joseph of the Nez PercÚs, whose heroic campaign ended in defeat and exile to Indian Territory. Their friendship persisted, however, and after Joseph's return to the Northwest, the two lived out their lives on the reservation, sharing their frustrations and uniting their voices in complaint.

 

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Contents

Loolowkin the Child
3
Land of the HalfSun pages 1213
13
Quetalican the Warrior
21
Yakama Yakima Treaty Cession Ratified March 8 1859
31
Terra Infirma
43
War Drums or Peace Pipes?
64
Paddle Wheels and Deals
86
Moses Reservation Requests of 1877 and 1878
95
IllFated Illihee
167
White Giver
191
Colville Reservation by Executive Order of July 2 1872
209
Farmers in the Dell
214
Prophets and Losses
244
Reading Writing and Wrangling
265
Double Trouble
278
Tempest in a Tipi
297

Reds Whites and the Blues
98
Moses Posse Sites
117
Forked Tongues and Twisted Trails
120
Down from Camp to Father
141
Moses Columbia Reservation by Executive Orders
153
Hail ColumbiaPromised Land
156
Vanity and the Fair
321
One Wide River
347
Bibliography
351
Index
365
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About the author (1995)

Robert Ruby, author of Jericho, has worked as the Baltimore Sun bureau chief in Paris & in the Middle East. He now lives in Baltimore & is an editor at the newspaper.

John A. Brown was Professor Emeritus of History at Wenatchee Valley College, Washington. He is coauthor of numerous books, including Indians of the Pacific Northwest: A History .

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