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The lance and the shield : the life and times of Sitting Bull /
Robert M. Utley.
1st ed.
New York : Henry Holt, 1993.
xvii, 413 p., [32] p. of plates : ill.
0805012745 (alk. paper)
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New York : Henry Holt, 1993.
0805012745 (alk. paper)
general note
"A John Macrae book."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Spur Awards, USA, 1994 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-05-17:
To most white Americans of the mid-19th century, Sitting Bull embodied the hostile native. To the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux, he was a patriot and a respected political, military and spiritual leader. Utley ( Cavalier in Buckskin ), a former chief historian of the National Park Service, presents a definitive biography of this legendary warrior. Born in 1831 on the great Plains, son of a chief, Sitting Bull was a seasoned warrior by the age of 15; at 26, he was tribal war chief. As the conflicts with the U.S. Army began in the 1850s, Sitting Bull represented the spirit of resistance among his people. Utley follows the increasing hostilities of succeeding years and gives a vivid account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. Three years after fleeing to Canada, Sitting Bull returned to the U.S. and reservation life. In 1890, he was shot by Indian police sent to arrest him before his intended departure for a sundance at another reservation. Utley believes that the arrest was unjustified, but that the shooting, which led to the Battle of Wounded Knee a few months later, was not premeditated. Photos. History Book club main selection; BOMC and QPB selections. (June)
Appeared in Choice on 1993-12:
The legend of this prominent Hunkpapa Sioux leader has ranged from the late 19th century despised image of the "killer of Custer" to today's representation of the "super-Indian." Utley, former chief historian of the National Park Service and recognized authority on the trans-Mississippi West, avoids the two extremes and recreates a more honest appraisal. Using both Indian and white accounts, Utley takes his subject from a childhood spent amid Sioux ascendancy to his tragic death at the hands of Indian police in 1890. The author stresses both the spiritual power and temporal leadership qualities that raised Sitting Bull to fame among his own people, and, by the 1870s, among non-Indians as well. Utley also pays close attention to the importance of kinship and the dynamics of Lakota tribal society to properly explain their motivations. He likewise demonstrates how congressional delegations, often working with avaricious western land interests, dismembered the Great Sioux Reservation during the 1870s and '80s, leading ultimately to the rise of the Ghost Dance and the tragic consequences of Wounded Knee. This book is well written, strongly documented, and fairly reasoned to satisfy even specialists within the field. It surpasses all previous biographies of Sitting Bull. All levels. M. L. Tate; University of Nebraska at Omaha
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-06-15:
Utley ( Billy the Kid , Univ. of Nebraska Pr., 1989; Cavalier in Buckskin , Univ. of Oklahoma Pr., 1988, among others) turns his attention to one of the best-known Native American leaders. Utley draws extensively from the papers of Stanley Vestal, who wrote what most consider to be the standard biography, Sitting Bull, Champion of the Sioux (Univ. of Oklahoma Pr., 1989). Unlike Vestal's work, or Alexander B. Adams's popular Sitting Bull: An Epic of the Plains (1973. o.p.), Utley is grounded in the historical method, placing Sitting Bull in the context of his time and culture. Sitting Bull emerges as a complex leader who defeated Custer during what could be termed the ``lance'' portion of his life but was killed by his own people while defending them against white encroachment--as a ``shield.'' This book is expected to become the standard account on Sitting Bull for both the scholar and the armchair student of the American West. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/93.-- Daniel Liestman, Seattle Pacific Univ. Lib.
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Table of Contents
Prologuep. 1
Youthp. 3
Warriorp. 14
Wichasha Wakanp. 26
Wasichusp. 38
Long Knivesp. 51
Lancep. 65
Head Chiefp. 76
Shieldp. 90
Wasichus on Elk Riverp. 106
Warp. 122
Soldiers Upside Downp. 131
Long Hairp. 145
Bear Coatp. 165
Winter of Despairp. 174
Long Lancep. 183
Ptep. 199
Fort Bufordp. 211
Jean Louisp. 225
Prisoner of Warp. 234
Standing Rockp. 248
The World Beyondp. 260
Landp. 268
Messiahp. 281
Deathp. 291
Epiloguep. 308
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Sourcesp. 317
Notesp. 333
Indexp. 399
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