The Arapahoes are an important Plains Indian tribe. Previously neglected in favor of their more hostile allies, the Sioux and the Cheyennes, they have benefited from increasing attention in recent years. In this tribal history Virginia Cole Trenholm traces Arapaho life-ways from prehistoric times in Minnesota and Canada to twentieth-century ...Read MoreThe Arapahoes are an important Plains Indian tribe. Previously neglected in favor of their more hostile allies, the Sioux and the Cheyennes, they have benefited from increasing attention in recent years. In this tribal history Virginia Cole Trenholm traces Arapaho life-ways from prehistoric times in Minnesota and Canada to twentieth-century Wyoming, Montana, and Oklahoma. In a new preface she summarizes the major events for the last Arapaho generation.Read Less
416 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. NATIVE AMERICANS. The Arapahoes, who simultaneously occupy the three major divisions of the Great Plains, are typical but the least known of the Plains tribes. Overshadowed by their more hostile allies, the Sioux and Cheyennes, they have been neglected by historians. This book traces their history from prehistoric times in Minnesota and Canada to the turn of the century in Wyoming, Montana, and Oklahoma, when their cultural history ended and adjustment to the white man's way began. It covers their way of life, dealings with traders, treaties, battles, division into branches, and reservation life. There are detailed accounts of the Ghost Dance and peyote cult. A study of the two branches-Southern and Northern-is a dramatic lesson in the effects of acculturation. Forced to accept the white man's way, the Southern people, after losing their ceremonials and tribal lands in Oklahoma, have gradually resigned themselves to the alien culture. The Northern Arapahoes on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, however, still cling to their original traditions. They tell their time-honored tales, pour out their souls in music, and dance to their drums much as they did in pre-reservation days-although they dress in the manner of the white man and abide by his regulations. Flat-Pipe, the sacred palladium, said to have come to "our people" when the world began, stays in their safe-keeping, and they honor it in occasional ceremony. The Pipe is the unifying symbol of the two branches of the tribe. Virginia Cole Trenholm, (1902-1994) and her husband, Bob Trenholm, lived and worked on a ranch south of Glendo, Wyoming, for many years. At the time of her death, Trenholm lived in Cheyenne. Trenholm held bachelor of journalism and master of arts degrees from the University of Missouri. Her interest in the little-known Indians of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming resulted first in The Shoshonis: Sentinels of the Rockies (Norman, 1964), which she wrote with Maurine Carley. "The author's vivid historical narrative is enhanced by a thoughtful study of the Arapaho way of life....Well-written and extensively documented, this moving book should long endure as the standard work."-Journal of the West "A judicious mixture of chronicle and ethnography, resulting in the best descriptive account of this...Plains Indian people."-Choice "Masterful....With scholarly precision the author traces the trajectory of events leading these Plains Indians to their apocalyptic capitulation....Trenholm describes in dramatic detail the Chivington Massacre, the Powder River campaign, and others....Both text and footnotes are rich in detail and anecdote gleaned from exhaustive research. Such ceremonies as the ritual of the Pipe, the Sun Dance, the Ghost Dance, and Peyotism are reported in such detail as to be envied by the anthropologists....Brilliant reportage and [a] gallery of rare photographs."-South Dakota History = (Key Words: Arapahoe Indians, Native Americans, American Indians, Virginia Cole Trenholm, Peyote, American West).
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