352 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. NATIVE AMERICANS. This is the first biography of Chief Left Hand, diplomat, linguist, and legendary of the Plains Indians. Working from goverment reports, manuscripts, and the diaries and letters of those persons, both white and Indian, who knew him, Margaret Coel has developed an unusually readable, interesting, and closely documented account of his life and the life of his tribe during the fateful years of the mid-1800s. It was in these years that thousands of gold-seekers on their way to California and Oregon burst across the plains, first to traverse the territory consigned to the Indians and then, with the disovery in 1858 on Little Dry Creek (formery the site of the Southern Arapaho's winter campground and presently Denver, Colorado), to settle. Chief Left Hand was one of the first of his people to acknowledge the inevitabiity of the white man's presence on the plains, and thereafter to espouse a policy of adamant peacefulness-if not, finally, friendship-toward the newcomers is not only a consuming story-popular history at its best-but an important work of original scholarship. In it the author: -Clearly establishes the separate identities of the original Left Hand, the subject of her book, and the man by the same name who succeeded Little Raven in 1889 as the principal chief of the Southern Arapaho in Oklahoma-a longtime source of confusion to students of western history; (Key Words: American Indians, Margaret Coel, Native Americans, Arapaho Indians, Chief Left Hand, American West, Plains Indians, Biography, Little Raven).
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