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170 Western American Literature Brief Mention of Reprints The American Indian Today. Edited by Stuart Levine and Nancy Oestreich Lurie. (Deland, Florida: Everett/Edwards, Inc., 1968. 229 pages, illus., large fold-out map, appendix, index, $12.00.) This is a reprint of the Midcontinent American Studies Journal, Volume VI, Number 2 (Fall, 1965). It is a collection of twelve scholarly essays of a very high order. Almost all of the authors are anthropologists and represent a vast first-hand knowledge of many groups of Indians. One, Shirley Hill Witt, is of Mohawk descent and is getting her Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. Cochiti, A New Mexico Pueblo, Past and Present. By Charles H. Lange. (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1968. xxiv + 618 pages, maps, illus., appendices, biblio., index, $4.95.) This 1959 study presents a community study of the Cochiti Indians as the author observed them from 1946 to 1953. He guaranteed anonymity to his many informants for their individual protection and peace of mind, and he believes he resolved the relatively few discrepancies he found in his numerous interviews. The Indians’ Book. Recorded and edited by Natalie Curtis. (New York: Dover Publications, 1968. xxxii -f- 584 pages, illus., appendix, index, $4.00.) This classic study, first published in 1907, is a monument to the ex­ haustive research and fieldwork of Natalie Curtis Burlin. It contains hundreds of songs—both words and music—of some nineteen Indian tribes, almost all of which are in the West. The American Indian Speaks. Edited by John R. Milton. (Vermillion: Dakota Press, 1969. 194 pages, portraits, paintings, $3.00.) This is a reprint of the South Dakota Review, Volume 7, Number 2 (Summer 1969). It is an excellent collection of contemporary Indian poetry, short stories, paintings, and photographic portraits. A large part of the con­ tributions are by young people. This volume would serve well as a supple­ mentary text in American literature courses. Reviews 171 American Indian Policy in the Formative Years. By Francis Paul Prucha. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1970. x -f- 303 pages, biblio., index, $1.95.) This volume was first published by Harvard University Press in 1962. It is a comprehensive study of the Indian trade and intercourse acts from 1790 to 1834. It is a remarkably able exposition of the anomalous Indian-White relations prior to the great westward movement. Our Red Brothers. By Lawrie Tatum. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1970. xx + 366 pages, illus., cloth $5.50, paper $1.95.) This 1899 publication is an account by a devout Quaker of his ex­ periences as an Indian agent during the Grant administration, when it was widely thought by politicians, churchmen, and philanthropists that christianiz­ ing the Indians was the only way to establish peaceful relations with them. Tatum and others tried valiantly—with no marked success. Casper Collins: The Life and Exploits of an Indian Fighter of the Sixties. By Agnes Spring. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969. 187 pages, illus., appendix, $1.80.) This biography was first published by Columbia University Press in 1927. It is an interesting account of a young army officer who at first was a great favorite of the Ogalala Sioux, whose language he spoke fluently. He was killed at the battle with the Sioux at Platte Budge in July 1865. Personal Recollections of General Nelson A. Miles. (New York: De Capo Press, 1969. xvi + 590 pages, illus., $27.50.) General Miles’ Recollections appeared—not by accident—in the election year of 1896. Its warmly patriotic tone and its dramatic portrayal of the deeds of this peerless hero of the Civil War and empire builder in the West, where he had allayed the Indian menace, make it quite clear that he would not have been averse to being elected president. J.G.T. ...


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