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The Way of an Indian   By: (1861-1909)

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The Way of an Indian by Frederic Remington is a fascinating and immersive insight into the lives and struggles of Native Americans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Remington, known primarily as a renowned American painter and sculptor, displays a remarkable talent for storytelling in this collection of short stories.

Throughout the book, Remington transports readers to the rugged landscapes of the American West, where Native American tribes clung to their traditional way of life under immense pressure from westward expansion. Each story offers a glimpse into the complex relationship between Native Americans and the encroaching settlers, and the impact it had on their culture and existence.

What truly sets this book apart is Remington's ability to capture the essence of Native American characters. With a keen eye for detail and nuance, he breathes life into his portrayals, ensuring that readers connect deeply with their hopes, dreams, and hardships. From the fierce warrior seeking revenge to the wise elder imparting invaluable wisdom, each character springs off the page, evoking empathy and understanding.

Remington's vivid and evocative prose takes readers on a sensory journey, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and smells of the untamed wilderness. His descriptions capture the raw beauty of the natural world, contrasting it with the relentless march of progress that threatens to erase traditional ways of living.

One of the highlights of the book is the depth of research evident in Remington's writing. It is evident that he had an intimate understanding of Native American history, culture, and spirituality. Through his stories, he sheds light on the diverse customs, traditions, and ceremonies of different tribes, giving readers invaluable insights into their way of life.

While some stories end on a tragic note, they serve as a poignant reminder of the struggles faced by Native Americans during this turbulent era. Remington skillfully navigates difficult subject matters, addressing themes of loss, resilience, and survival with sensitivity and respect.

The Way of an Indian is a timeless collection that not only entertains but also educates. It invites readers to reflect on the complex history of the American West and the lasting impact it has had on indigenous communities. Remington's passion for storytelling and his sincere admiration for Native American culture shine through in this captivating work. It is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the rich tapestry of America's past.

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[Illustration: 01 Pretty Mother of the Night White Otter is no longer]


By Frederic Remington

Illustrated by Frederic Remington

First published, February, 1906


I White Otter's Own Shadow

II The Brown Bat Proves Itself

III The Bat Devises Mischief Among the Yellow Eyes

IV The New Lodge

V The Kites and the Crows

VI The Fire Eater's Bad Medicine

VII Among the Pony Soldiers

VIII The Medicine Fight of the Chis Chis Chash

I. White Otter's Own Shadow

White Otter's heart was bad. He sat alone on the rim rocks of the bluffs overlooking the sunlit valley. To an unaccustomed eye from below he might have been a part of nature's freaks among the sand rocks. The yellow grass sloped away from his feet mile after mile to the timber, and beyond that to the prismatic mountains. The variegated lodges of the Chis chis chash village dotted the plain near the sparse woods of the creek bottom; pony herds stood quietly waving their tails against the flies or were driven hither and yon by the herdboys giving variety to the tremendous sweep of the Western landscape.

This was a day of peace such as comes only to the Indians in contrast to the fierce troubles which nature stores up for the other intervals... Continue reading book >>

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