Ke-ma-ha: The Omaha Stories of Francis La Flesche

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University of Nebraska Press, 1995 - Fiction - 134 pages
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Born on the Omaha Reservation in 1857, Francis La Flesche was raised in the years when federal policy encouraged Indians to assimilate. He learned English at a mission school, acquiring a fluency that prepared him for a career that moved between tribal and national concerns.   Most of the stories in Ke-ma-ha have never before been published. Written to bring public attention to the Omahas, they tell us about that culture in ways that anthropological treatises cannot.   Francis La Flesche collaborated with anthropologist Alice C. Fletcher on The Omaha Tribe and A Study of Omaha Indian Music. These titles, as well as La Flesche’s autobiographical The Middle Five: Indian Schoolboys of the Omaha Tribe, are available as Bison Books.

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Born on the Omaha Reservation in 1857, La Flesche was well known in the late 19th century as an ethnologist and linguist. He began writing short stories in an attempt to widen knowledge of the Omaha ... Read full review


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James W. Parins, a professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is the author of John Rollin Ridge (Nebraska 1991). Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., director of the American Native Press Archives, wrote Alex Posey: Creek Poet, Journalist, and Humorist (Nebraska 1992) and edited Posey's Fus Fixico Letters (Nebraska 1993).

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