Holding Stone Hands: On the Trail of the Cheyenne Exodus

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U of Nebraska Press, Sep 1, 2001 - History - 347 pages
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In 1878 approximately three hundred Northern Cheyennes under the leadership of Dull Knife and Little Wolf fled shameful conditions on an Indian Territory reservation in present-day Oklahoma. Settled there against their will, they were making a peaceful attempt to return to their homeland in the Tongue River country of Montana. Despite earlier promises that the Cheyennes could choose to leave the reservation, government officials declared them renegades and sent thousands of soldiers in pursuit. In 1995 Alan Boye set out on foot to follow Dull Knife's thousand-mile flight through the sparsely populated wilderness of America's high plains. Along the way he was joined by descendents of Dull Knife. Holding Stone Hands is the tale of two journeys. Boye provides a vivid, moving account of the Cheyenne's struggle to return to Montana. At the same time, he details the trek he and his Cheyenne companions made through four states and his growing understanding of why the Cheyenne's longing for their homeland was stronger than their desire to live.
 

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Contents

PARTI KIT FOX DRUMS AND THE WILD DOGS OF FONDA
3
The Leaving
5
Black Kettles in the Land of Roman Nose
9
Oh Kom Ha Ka
20
Kit Fox Drums and the Wild Dogs of Fonda
30
MORNING STAR
49
The Barren Wastes
51
Morning Star
56
The Speech of the Wolves
114
The Ghost in My Fathers Tackle Box
117
THE RATTLESNAKE WAY
125
Chaos and Order
127
Punished Woman
134
The Rattlesnake Way
156
DEPREDATIONS
167
New Morning Remembering the Rivers
169

Andy
68
Grace
77
Turkey Springs
90
GHOSTS
97
1o The Divide
99
By Cheyenne Campfires
102
Henry Ford and Mr Goodnight
107
The Final Indian Raid
174
IN THE TIME OF THE BUFFALO
193
SAND HILLS SUNDAYS AND OTHERS
209
ALL IS BUT A BEGINNING
249
Illustrations
336
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About the author (2001)

Alan Boye is a professor of English at Vermont's Lyndon State College. His books include A Guide to the Ghosts of Lincoln and The Complete Roadside Guide to Nebraska.

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