Synopsis[ edit ] In the first chapter, Brown presents a brief history of the discovery and settlement of America, from to the Indian turmoil that began in He stresses the initially gentle and peaceable behavior of Indians toward Europeans, especially given their apparent lack of resistance to early colonial efforts at Europeanization. It was not until the further influx of European settlers, gradual encroachment, and eventual seizure of American lands by the "white man" that the Native people were shown to exhibit forms of major resistance. Navajo[ edit ] Brown discusses the plights of Manuelito and the Navajo people in New Mexicowho make treaties and other efforts to maintain peace with Euro-Americans despite their encroachment upon Navajo land, stealing livestock and burning entire villages as punishment for perceived misbehavior.
Sadly, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was probably the most influential movie in my life. My best friend in the fourth and fifth grade was a full-blooded Apache who suffered from polio. As a result, we spent hours and hours playing with our combined cowboy and Indian sets, often arguing over who got to control the Indians and who was left manning the fort.
I also vaguely remember reading a biography of Geronimo in a series of orange-bound books that described famous, heroic Americans. Even then, I knew enough about the injustices Indians suffered at the hands of the white men to admire the last Indian chief to surrender.
Not surprisingly, the real life story as told by Dee Brown is considerably more complex than the one I constructed in my head, but even now it leaves me with ambiguous feelings. In the spring Geronimo brought these stolen livestock up to New Mexico, sold them to white ranchers, and bought new guns, hats, boots, and much whiskey.
These Chiricahuas settled down in a hideout near their Mimbres cousins at the Ojo Caliente agency, where Victorio was chief.
He could not understand the chiefs who resisted to the bitter end. He could not see them as heroic figures who preferred death to the loss of their heritage. He went to Tombstone. Arizona, and founded a crusading newspaper, the Epitaph. Amazingly enough even some hardened Indian fighters could change their viewpoint: To bring order out of chaos, the Army again called on General George Crook, quite a different man from the one who had left Arizona ten years earlier to go north to fight the Sioux and Cheyennes.
He had learned from them and from the Poncas during the trial of Standing Bear that Indians were human beings, a viewpoint that most of his fellow officers had not yet accepted. He held councils with the Apaches at San Carlos and Fort Apache; he searched out individual Indians and talked privately with them.
Despite his success, or perhaps because it, Crook was criticized for being too soft on the Apaches: Geronimo and Chato vied with each other in the development of their ranchos, and Crook kept a watchful eye on their agent to see that he issued adequate supplies.
Some of the rumor mongers went so far as to claim that Crook had surrendered to Geronimo in Mexico and had made a deal with the Chiricahua leader in order to escape alive. As for Geronimo, they made a special demon of him, inventing atrocity stories by the dozens and calling on vigilantes to hang him if the government would not.
After the Corn Planting Time spring ofthe Chiricahuas grew discontented. There was little for the men to do except draw rations, gamble, quarrel, loaf, and drink tiswin beer. Tiswin was forbidden on the reservation, but the Chiricahuas had plenty of corn for brewing it, and drinking was one of the few pleasures of the old days that was left to them.
On the night of May 17, Geronimo, Mangas, Chihuahua, and old Nana got fairly well drunk on tiswin and decided to go to Mexico.
They went to see Chato to invite him to go along, but Chato was sober and refused to join the party. He and Geronimo had a bitter quarrel, which very nearly ended in violence before Geronimo and the others departed.
In the group were ninety two women and children, eight boys, and thirtyfour men. As they left San Carlos, Geronimo cut the telegraph wire. Many reasons were given by both white men and Apaches for this sudden exodus from a reservation where everything apparently had been running smoothly.
Some said it was because of the tiswin spree; others said that the bad stories going around about the Chiricahuas made them fearful of being arrested.Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, Dee Alexander Brown Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a book by American writer Dee Brown that covers the history of Native Americans in /5(K).
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a meticulously documented account of the systematic plunder of the American Indians during the second half of the nineteenth century, battle by battle, massacre by massacre, broken treaty by broken treaty.
Here -- reconstructed in vivid and heartbreaking detail -- . Perhaps my greatest disappointment with Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is the lack of coverage of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, perhaps the greatest injustice done to Indians in our long, sordid history of dealing with Native Americans.
That said, it is a stunning condemnation of the racism and greed that drove the whiteman’s treatment of American Indians.
With its powerful narrative voice, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, reads like fiction, but tragically, the book’s content is all painfully true.
This heartbreaking classic, subtitled An Indian History of the American West, conveys, according to the Washington Post, “not how the West was won, but how it was lost.”. Bibliography - Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - by Dee Brown Books Read and Share ( BC – AD) The Nez Percé Indians and the Opening of the Northwest.
New Haven, Yale University Press, ———. The Patriot Chiefs.