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Book Review: Tell Me, Grandmother: Traditions, Stories, And Cultures Of Arapaho People, Loretta Fowler Jan 2006

Book Review: Tell Me, Grandmother: Traditions, Stories, And Cultures Of Arapaho People, Loretta Fowler

Great Plains Quarterly

Organized as a series of "imagined conversations" between Virginia Sutter and her great-grandmother Goes In Lodge (1830-76), Tell Me, Grandmother presents in alternating chapters Goes In Lodge's and Sutter's recollections of their life experiences.


Review Essay: Encyclopedia Of The Great Plains, Linda M. Hasselstrom Jan 2006

Review Essay: Encyclopedia Of The Great Plains, Linda M. Hasselstrom

Great Plains Quarterly

The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains is a terrific soapbox for Plains historians, teachers, writers, and residents. I'm not referring only to its size-though standing on it would elevate one nicely for fervent speechmaking.
No, I mean it's the best advertisement I've seen lately for Great Plains reality. The nation's central region has been ignored, abused, misunderstood, and trampled. This collection represents the ardent efforts by the finest scholars in the country to analyze it with respect-even affection-and portray it without the romanticism that has colored too many views.


Book Review: The Red Man's On The Warpath: The Image Of The "Indian" And The Second World War, Robert Alexander Innes Jan 2006

Book Review: The Red Man's On The Warpath: The Image Of The "Indian" And The Second World War, Robert Alexander Innes

Great Plains Quarterly

R. Scott Sheffield's study of the images used by bureaucrats and journalists provides an in-depth examination of Anglo-Canadians' perceptions of First Nations people and how these perceptions affected Indian policies.


Book Review: Blackfoot Ways Of Knowing: The Worldview Of The Siksikaitsitapi, Patricia A. Mccormack Jan 2006

Book Review: Blackfoot Ways Of Knowing: The Worldview Of The Siksikaitsitapi, Patricia A. Mccormack

Great Plains Quarterly

Betty Bastien's ambitious goal is no less than the decolonization of Blackfoot ways of knowing as a vehicle to regaining independence, promoting personal and cultural healing, and providing a basis fur a new educational system, It is a "transformational pedagogy" that she has undertaken, employing traditional methods of teaching that involve looking inwardly and using personal experience as a primary source of knowledge. She has worked closely in this project with a small number of elders or "grandparents," men and women who are ceremonial specialists and fluent in the Blackfoot language. Her primary audiences are fellow Siksikaitsitapi - Blackfoot-speakers - and ...


Book Review: 6666: Portrait Of A Texas Ranch, Luther Smith Jan 2006

Book Review: 6666: Portrait Of A Texas Ranch, Luther Smith

Great Plains Quarterly

This is a coffee-table book about a two-parcel ranch in the Plains of the Texas Panhandle owned by businesswoman and philanthropist Anne Marion. The 6666 ranch occupies 290,000 acres of Texas prairie. The informative text, which includes a foreword by Red Steagall and an afterword by Mike Gibson, the ranch foreman, contains a brief history of the ranch from its purchase in pieces in 1898 by legendary pioneer, businessman, and rancher Burk Burnett to its current stewardship by his great-granddaughter Anne Marion.


Alexandre Hogue's Passion: Ecology And Agribusiness In The Crucified Land, Mark Andrew White Jan 2006

Alexandre Hogue's Passion: Ecology And Agribusiness In The Crucified Land, Mark Andrew White

Great Plains Quarterly

In 1939, Texas artist Alexandre Hogue completed The Crucified Land (Fig. 1), a striking comparison of water erosion on a Denton, Texas, wheat farm to the martyrdom of Jesus of Nazareth. The Crucified Land was originally intended as the final canvas of Hogue's Erosion series, which the artist began in 1932 as a condemnation of the careless agricultural practices that had produced wind and water erosion in his home state. When Hogue exhibited The Crucified Land that year at the Carnegie International, the painting's provocative religious overtones drew the notice of one critic, who referred to it as ...


In The Footsteps Of The Third Spanish Expedition: James Mackay And John T. Evans' Impact On The Lewis And Clark Expedition, Kevin C. Witte Jan 2006

In The Footsteps Of The Third Spanish Expedition: James Mackay And John T. Evans' Impact On The Lewis And Clark Expedition, Kevin C. Witte

Great Plains Quarterly

The odyssey that was the Lewis and Clark Expedition continues to capture the hearts of those who love tales of adventure and unknown lands. In light of the current bicentennial celebration that began in 2003 and will continue through 2006, the popularity and aggrandizement of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their Corps of Discovery has never been greater. Clearly, none can deny that they were essential to expanding the geographical horizons of a fledgling nation coming to grips with the rich resources that the vast expanse of the Louisiana Territory would offer. However, lost in the glorification of these intrepid ...


"These Is My Words" . . . Or Are They?: Constructing Western Women's Lives In Two Contemporary Novels, Jenneifer Dawes Adkison Jan 2006

"These Is My Words" . . . Or Are They?: Constructing Western Women's Lives In Two Contemporary Novels, Jenneifer Dawes Adkison

Great Plains Quarterly

In analyzing Gloss's The Jump-Off Creek, and Turner's These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories, I explore how questions of authenticity can help us to understand and situate these novels as well as how these texts playfully reinvent the "authentic" western.


German Heritage And Culture In Louise Erdrich's The Master Butchers Singing Club, Thomas Austenfeld Jan 2006

German Heritage And Culture In Louise Erdrich's The Master Butchers Singing Club, Thomas Austenfeld

Great Plains Quarterly

Reid's discussion of the formal properties of Erdrich's work helps explain the author's popular appeal. Mewing easily between urban and rural settings, between reservation culture and mainstream culture, Erdrich has been evoking the various sets of social and historical circumstances that define the lives of contemporary Native Americans in the Great Plains. In The Master Butchers Singing Club (2003), Erdrich turns her attention explicitly to her own part-German ancestry and fictionalizes it, thereby bringing a n element of both thematic and autobiographical relevance into prominence.


Book Review: The Making Of A Lynching Culture: Violence And Vigilantism In Central Texas, 1836-1916, Alwyn Barr Jan 2006

Book Review: The Making Of A Lynching Culture: Violence And Vigilantism In Central Texas, 1836-1916, Alwyn Barr

Great Plains Quarterly

This Volume focuses on extralegal violence and its Causes in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, The author is especially interested in the role of historical memory in sustaining the use of violence for a seven-county region in Central Texas on the edge of the Great Plains.


Book Review: Indians In Unexpected Places, William Bauer Jan 2006

Book Review: Indians In Unexpected Places, William Bauer

Great Plains Quarterly

In his first book, Playing Indian (1998), Philip Deloria examined the ways that non-Indians used American Indian images to create their own identity. In his latest book, Deloria looks at the American Indians who challenged the assumptions that often informed those representations. During the first few decades of the twentieth century, American Indians appeared in places where non-Indians did not expect to find them-on football fields, in beauty parlors, in Cadillacs. As Indians entered these unexpected places, they challenged notions of modernity, tradition, and the conventional role many people had created for them. Ultimately, though, they failed to change America ...


Book Review: Treasures Of Gilcrease: Selections From The Permanent Collection, Janet Catherine Berlo Jan 2006

Book Review: Treasures Of Gilcrease: Selections From The Permanent Collection, Janet Catherine Berlo

Great Plains Quarterly

All who study the visual culture of the American West are familiar with the vast holdings of the Gilcrease Museum. This excellent introduction to the museum consists of five essays on its component collections. The introduction to Thomas Gilcrease himself (1890-1962) chronicles his mixed ethnicity (born of European and Muskogee-Creek heritage, he was enrolled as a Creek) and his success in the oil business. His several decades of avidly collecting the American objects, paintings, and manuscripts that would become the Gilcrease Museum (which initially opened in San Antonio, before moving to Tulsa in 1949) is told in a lively though ...


Book Review: Writing Out Of Place: Regionalism, Women, And American Literary Culture, Kathleen Boardman Jan 2006

Book Review: Writing Out Of Place: Regionalism, Women, And American Literary Culture, Kathleen Boardman

Great Plains Quarterly

Although it has everything to do with location, nineteenth-century American literary regionalism is nor "about" natural geographic boundaries, according to Judith Fetterley and Marjorie Pryse. That is, issues of vantage point, marginalization, and gender and racial positioning are crucial to this literature, and the lens of feminist standpoint theory brings it sharply into focus. In contrast, the habit of categorizing by setting - Sarah Orne Jewett and the Maine coast or Mary Austin in the California desert - suggests geographic determinism and distracts us from what these writers might have in common: regionalism as "a discourse or a mode elf analysis" and ...


Book Review: Myself And Strangers: A Memoir Of Apprenticeship, Mark Busby Jan 2006

Book Review: Myself And Strangers: A Memoir Of Apprenticeship, Mark Busby

Great Plains Quarterly

Over the years John Graves, Texas's most noted environmental writer, has lamented time wasted on trying to produce a major work of fiction, a subject that becomes especially clear in Graves's memoir, Myself and Strangers, where he suggests that he should have produced more but was too often distracted.


Book Review; The Garden Of Art: Vic Cicansky, Sculptor, Ruth Chambers Jan 2006

Book Review; The Garden Of Art: Vic Cicansky, Sculptor, Ruth Chambers

Great Plains Quarterly

Don Kerr's The Garden of Art: Vic Cicansky, Sculptor reviews the career and practice of one of Saskatchewan's must important visual artists. Although paperback and inexpensive, the book includes an illustrated text followed by sixty-four pages of full-color photographs that provide a retrospective of Cicansky's work. The author describes Cicansky's sculptures and his working process and records relevant details of his life.


Great Plains Quarterly Winter 2006 Editorial Matter Jan 2006

Great Plains Quarterly Winter 2006 Editorial Matter

Great Plains Quarterly

Great Plains Quarterly Winter 2006 Editorial Matter, Table of Contents, and Book Notes.


Book Review: Finding Sand Creek: History, Archeology, And The 1864 Massacre Site, Lincoln Faller Jan 2006

Book Review: Finding Sand Creek: History, Archeology, And The 1864 Massacre Site, Lincoln Faller

Great Plains Quarterly

Metal detritus of war and an old map, recently discovered in Chicago helped an interdisciplinary team of historians, archeologists, geomorphologists, ethnographers, remote imagers, and descendants of the victims of the Sand Creek Massacre to find the exact site where that atrocity was enacted; so this book reports,


Book Review: Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story Of George Bent - Caught Between The Worlds Of The Indian And The White Man, Lincoln Faller Jan 2006

Book Review: Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story Of George Bent - Caught Between The Worlds Of The Indian And The White Man, Lincoln Faller

Great Plains Quarterly

In the last two decades of his life Bent became a prolific letter-writer as well; more than five hundred of his letters survive in various archives. His chief correspondents were Grinnell, with whom he collaborated in shaping the foundational texts of Cheyenne history and ethnography, and George Hyde, who also worked with Grinnell and supplied him with a great deal of information gleaned from his own far more extensive correspondence with Brent. Bent's letters to Hyde became the basis for Hyde's Life of George Bent: Written from His Letters (essentially completed by 1916, hut not published until 1968 ...


Book Review: Conversations With Texas Writers, Don B. Graham Jan 2006

Book Review: Conversations With Texas Writers, Don B. Graham

Great Plains Quarterly

This book contains fifty interviews with "Texas" writers, including one "interview" with a dead writer, the pulp hero Robert E. Howard (author of the Conan books, etc.). It's actually Howard's biographer who's interviewed, which is odd and conveys a significance that's unwarranted. The book is also a bit Austin-centric, as twenty of the authors live in the capital city.


Book Review: Viet Cong At Wounded Knee: The Trail Of A Blackfeet Activist, Tom Holm Jan 2006

Book Review: Viet Cong At Wounded Knee: The Trail Of A Blackfeet Activist, Tom Holm

Great Plains Quarterly

Woody Kipp's life story is a reflection of a new generation of Native writers and activists. His autobiography has nothing to do with trying to save the white world from itself or to explain Indians to a curious and perhaps even sympathetic white audience. The white world literally and figuratively took aim at Woody Kipp (and a number of other American Indian Vietnam veterans) for daring to oppose the injustices he saw in Indian life. He became, as the title of his book indicates, the then-current enemy of the American state. He was, ironically, a domestic version of the ...


Book Review: Charles M. Russell: The Storyteller's Art, Jim Hoy Jan 2006

Book Review: Charles M. Russell: The Storyteller's Art, Jim Hoy

Great Plains Quarterly

Charles M. Russell: The Storyteller's Art, by shedding light on Russell's ability to create narrative in writing, has the added advantage of contributing critical insight into his painting as well.


Book Review: The Oregon Trail: An American Saga, Howard Jablon Jan 2006

Book Review: The Oregon Trail: An American Saga, Howard Jablon

Great Plains Quarterly

David Dary's The Oregon Trail is a pleasant excursion on a well-traveled road. His hook is not a trail-blazing work of the stature of such classics as Francis Parkman's The California and Oregon Trail (1849) and Bernard De Voto's The Year of Decision, 1846 (1943), nor is it as erudite as John D. Unruh's The Plains Across (1979) nor as encyclopedic as Merrill J. Matte's Platte River Road Narratives (1988); however, it remains a useful introduction to the subject.


Book Review: Alien Heart: The Life And Work Of Margaret Laurence, Frances W. Kaye Jan 2006

Book Review: Alien Heart: The Life And Work Of Margaret Laurence, Frances W. Kaye

Great Plains Quarterly

The best introduction to Margaret Laurence will always be the writings of Margaret Laurence, especially the five Manawaka books, the three published volumes of her correspondence, and her memoir. But after one has become acquainted with that complex, vulnerable, wise, generous, and conflicted woman/writer, Alien Heart is a good source for recapitulation and further detail. Without blinking at or emphasizing Margaret's drinking and sometimes self-destructive relationships, Powers strongly recalls her kindness, her passion, her idiom, and her "place to stand upon."


Book Review: The Bar U And Canadian Ranching History, A. A. Den Otter Jan 2006

Book Review: The Bar U And Canadian Ranching History, A. A. Den Otter

Great Plains Quarterly

Located almost directly south of Calgary, Alberta, the North West Cattle Company, or Bar U, is one of the longest surviving large ranches on the Canadian Prairies, Founded in 1881 during a land rush, it was one of several to acquire large leases on government land, Under the management of Fred Stimson, an experienced farmer from Quebec, the Bar U prospered, partly because of cheap land hut mainly because of solid management and good marketing and transportation strategies,


Book Review: The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice For Beginning Poets, Judith Sornberger Jan 2006

Book Review: The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice For Beginning Poets, Judith Sornberger

Great Plains Quarterly

Kooser's Poetry Home Repair Manual goes a long way toward aiding poets in finding ways to reflect that "order beyond" with lots of practical advice from someone they will find delightful to hang out with.


Book Review: The Railroad And The State: War, Politics, And Technology In Nineteenth-Century America, James A. Ward Jan 2006

Book Review: The Railroad And The State: War, Politics, And Technology In Nineteenth-Century America, James A. Ward

Great Plains Quarterly

Angevine's book is a thought-provoking new look at how the railroads affected the United States. Among other things, it promotes a fresh understanding of why the government took over the railways in 1917 to unsnarl traffic at eastern ports.


Book Review: Encyclopedia Of The Lewis And Clark Expeditions, Stephen S. Witte Jan 2006

Book Review: Encyclopedia Of The Lewis And Clark Expeditions, Stephen S. Witte

Great Plains Quarterly

In their preface, the authors hope "that this book will prove a valuable resource to students of the Lewis and Clark Expedition." Regrettably, numerous errors and contradictions drastically reduce its value.


Book Review: The Captured: A True Story Of Abduction By Indians On The Texas Frontier, Gary L. Ebersole Jan 2006

Book Review: The Captured: A True Story Of Abduction By Indians On The Texas Frontier, Gary L. Ebersole

Great Plains Quarterly

This is a well-researched and well-written study of a handful of Indian captivities on the Texas frontier in the 1870s. Its author was motivated by the desire to know more about the life of Adolph Korn (1859-1895), his distant relative, who was captured at the age of ten by Comanche Indians. The Indian captivity tale has been a staple of the literature of the Americas since the publication of Mary Rowlandson's account from Puritan New England in 1682. Hundreds of accounts - factual, fictional, and fictionalized - have told the tale of the innocent abducted and carried off to the world ...


Review Essay: Encyclopedia Of The Great Plains, William Ferris Jan 2006

Review Essay: Encyclopedia Of The Great Plains, William Ferris

Great Plains Quarterly

How proud Ellison would be to see his work and that of so many other distinguished artists, writers, and musicians recognized in the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. The Great Plains roots of Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Cornel West, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker, and Jay McShann make emphatic the region's importance in African American history and culture. Like their counterparts in the American South, these artists migrated to Chicago and New York where they became leaders in the nation's cultural life.


Book Review: When Skins Were Money: A History Of The Fur Trade, Peter Bleed Jan 2006

Book Review: When Skins Were Money: A History Of The Fur Trade, Peter Bleed

Great Plains Quarterly

When Skins Were Money: A History of the Fur Trade is James A. Hanson's grand synthesis of the trade in furs and skins that is the focus of the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska. Like the museum itself, When Skins Were Money has a worldwide scope and a long view as it seeks to describe the evolution and impacts of the fur trade. Its basic premise, that the fur trade has been important to world history but underappreciated and misunderstood, is advanced in a well-produced volume filled with wonderful things. Most pages have handsome illustrations that ...