Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879: The Story of the by Herman Lehmann

By Herman Lehmann

Here's a actual Little significant guy tale, with all of the colour, sweep, and tragedy of a vintage American western. it's the story of Herman Lehmann, a captive of the Apaches at the Southern Plains of Texas and New Mexico throughout the 1870s. followed through a warfare leader, he used to be educated to be a warrior and waged cruel conflict on Apache enemies, either Indian and Euro-American. After killing an Apache drugs guy in self-defense, he fled to a lonely hermitage at the Southern Plains until eventually he joined the Comanches. opposed to his will, Lehmann used to be again to his relations in 1879. the ultimate chapters relate his tricky readjustment to Anglo life.Lehmann?’s unapologetic narrative is impressive for its hot embody of local american citizens and stinging appraisal of Anglo society. as soon as begun, the tale of this impressive guy can't be placed down. Dale Giese?’s advent offers a framework for examining the Lehmann narrative.

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I swallowed it, but it came back. I swallowed it down again, and again it came back. The Indians put more gall on it, and I held it down. From there on we found game in abundance, and I learned to eat what was given me without vomiting. We traveled for at least ten days, and one day came upon a little knoll. Chiwat raised a red blanket and waved it a half circle and returned it the same way. The process was repeated several times. I watched the countenances of my companions, and at first they seemed to be perplexed, Page 18 but soon their faces brightened, and a smile broadened into a grin.

While my physical being, although somewhat scabby from recent sores, was comparatively at ease, yet there was a choking emotion, ''an inward inexpressibility and an outward all-over-ness" which I had never felt before. Did you ever have this feeling? Civilized people call it homesickness. I would sit there on my pony and cry. I never cried while I was being tortured, nor when I ran the gauntlet, nor when I nearly drowned; in those times I gave a yell of defiance or a snarl of vengeance. But now in my loneliness and desolation I could weep.

To make a shield required several days time. The Indian took the hide of an old bull (sometimes the thick part of the buffalo hide was used), cut a round piece from the neck and shoulders, threw this over the fire and heated it while green. When it was as hot as it would stand without burning it was then rubbed on a rough rock until the meat was erased, then a smooth stone was used until the hide became very smooth, soft and pliable. A rattan or hickory withe was made into a hoop, and the rawhide was strapped on and sewed with thongs of rawhide, and then it was given the necessary "dish" by stretching Page 26 over stakes, and left to dry.

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