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Chief Left Hand, Southern Arapaho

Author: Margaret Coel
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1981.
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 159.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is the first biography of Chief Left Hand, diplomat, linguist, and legendary of the Plains Indians. Working from government 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Left Hand, (Southern Arapaho chief); Left Hand, Southern Arapaho chief
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Coel
ISBN: 0806116021 9780806116020
OCLC Number: 7196759
Description: xiv, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The people, the land --
The years of hunger.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 159.
Responsibility: by Margaret Coel.

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This is the first biography of Chief Left Hand, diplomat, linguist, and legendary of the Plains Indians. Working from government 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 discovery of gold in 1858 on Little Dry Creek (formerly the site of the Southern Arapaho winter campground and presently Denver, Colorado), to settle. Chief Left Hand was one of the first of his people to acknowledge the inevitability of the white man's presence on the plain, and thereafter to espouse a policy of adamant peacefulness --if not, finally, friendship--toward the newcomers. Chief Left Hand is not only a consuming story--popular history at its best--but an important work of original scholarship.

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