Selling your Father's Bones

Selling your Father's Bones

America's 140-year War Against the Nez Perce Tribe

Book - 2009
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Part historical narrative, part travelogue, and part environmental plea, this book recounts an astonishing journey. Joseph, chief of the peaceable Nez Perce band in Oregon's Wallowa Valley, had long sworn to uphold the dying words of his father: "This country holds your father's body. Never sell the bones of your mother and your father." Yet, in 1877, as the U.S. government confined the tribe to ever smaller reservations, the fateful decision of several young Nez Perce warriors to attack the settlers set an exodus in motion. For eleven weeks, seven hundred men, women, and children traveled 1,700 miles, pursued by the U.S. Army. Just forty miles from the Canadian border, the tribe survived a calamitous five-day siege until Joseph could no longer bear his people's suffering and surrendered. This book intercuts the Nez Perce's fight for survival with the author's own travels across the same yet altered terrain, the mountains, forests, badlands, and prairies of modern-day Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416539940
Branch Call Number: 979.5004 SCHOFIE
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 25 cm


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EmeryS Nov 14, 2012

Excellent, moving account of the Nez Perce people. Difficult to read at times because of how poorly the Nez Perce were treated, but Schofield's prose is sharp and intense. I learned a lot!


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