Voices of the American West, Volume 1: The Indian interviews by Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen

By Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen

The precious interviews carried out by means of Nebraska pass judgement on Eli S. Ricker with Indian eyewitnesses to the Wounded Knee bloodbath, the Little gigantic Horn conflict, the Grattan incident, and different occasions and personages of the previous West are eventually made largely on hand during this long-awaited volume. In the 1st decade of the 20th century, because the previous West turned more and more far away and romanticized in renowned recognition, Eli S. Ricker (1843–1926) all started interviewing those that had skilled it firsthand, hoping to write down a multi-volume sequence approximately its final days. one of several members he interviewed have been American Indians, more often than not Sioux, who spoke generally a few variety of matters, a few with assistance from an interpreter. For years Ricker traveled around the northern Plains, determinedly accumulating info off and on reservations, in iciness and in summer time. pass judgement on Ricker by no means wrote his booklet, yet his interviews are necessary resources of data concerning the outdated West that provide extra balanced views on occasions than have been accredited on the time. Richard E. Jensen brings jointly all of Ricker’s interviews with American Indians, annotating the conversations and supplying an in depth advent that units forth very important information regarding Ricker, his examine, and the editorial method guiding the current quantity.

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The fight coming off. Can you give the positions of the guns? A. This Hotchkiss gun stood on the hill north of the camp—right in that locality (showing) right out here on this flat is where the camp was, then there is a succession of hills; that cannon stood up there on one of those hills somewheres. This is the hill where the body was found. I was told that one was planted way up there. It might have been this gun that was trained on that woman and child and killed them. The hills are very low and 32 g e o rg e e .

They refused to surrender saying that their friends were all dead and that they were ready to die too. A cannon was then trained on them. One shell was all that was needed to stop shots from there. At this moment a team appeared in sight hurrying as fast as they could going up out of the gulch. The officer asked the gunner what they were. ’’ The gun was trained on the wagon; there were five in the party—2 men being on the ground whipping and urging the horses; the shell exploded with terrible effect, tearing horses, wagon and Indians in pieces.

K. creek from where the fight took place, and advanced to the creek facing the Indian camp and crossed the creek and formed in the shape of a letter V. The Medicine man threw dirt in the air and yelled and the braves threw off their blankets and began firing. The soldiers threw themselves on the ground. Thinks no order was given by any officer to fire. The firing at once became general. The positions of the soldiers were changed several times. Wallacewas wounded in the left shoulderand pretty high up.

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