By Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen
The precious interviews performed via Nebraska pass judgement on Eli S. Ricker with Indian eyewitnesses to the Wounded Knee bloodbath, the Little sizeable Horn conflict, the Grattan incident, and different occasions and personages of the previous West are eventually made commonly to be had during this long-awaited volume. In the 1st decade of the 20th century, because the outdated West turned more and more far away and romanticized in well known realization, Eli S. Ricker (1843–1926) all started interviewing those that had skilled it firsthand, hoping to jot down a multi-volume sequence approximately its final days. one of many members he interviewed have been American Indians, typically Sioux, who spoke broadly a few diversity of matters, a few with the aid of an interpreter. For years Ricker traveled around the northern Plains, determinedly collecting details off and on reservations, in iciness and in summer season. pass judgement on Ricker by no means wrote his e-book, yet his interviews are important assets of knowledge concerning the previous West that supply extra balanced views on occasions than have been authorised on the time. Richard E. Jensen brings jointly all of Ricker’s interviews with American Indians, annotating the conversations and providing an in depth creation that units forth very important information regarding Ricker, his learn, and the editorial technique guiding the current quantity.
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D. Wednesday, Aug. 21, ’07. Charles W. K. and was on the ﬁeld during the ﬁghting. He was present at the council. He saw Big Foot brought out of his tent and placed close to the circle. The Indians were stubborn and opposed to surrendering their arms. Big Foot talked to them feebly but without much inﬂuence. The medicine man harangued them. He was a ﬁne orator, if there ever was one. (As Mr. ) He says that the medicine man gathered up some dust and swirled it [in] the air to illustrate as he was told.
He put it under his arm. Butler & Smith went into the tent and found guns & handed them out. They were carrying them out to number them & put them into a pile. They were each numbering them & laying the guns down between these 2 oﬃcers. Wallace got Butler’s knife to mark a gun for Butler. ] it. He handed the knife back & stooped down to lay the gun on the ground, and while in the act an Indian in the circle jerked the war club from under Capt. Wallace’s arm & struck him in the head & he fell dead.
They were both probably in the neighborhood of 12 years of age. One was a half breed boy and was shot through the hip. He was found dead, so the article says, but he was found alive. (Capt. ’’ He says that both these boys were alive but the one shot in the eyes died in a few days. ) Q. Did you see that? A. No, the half breed boy told me that. Q. Well, you know of any other incidents like that? A. Only those two boys—Indians—found on the creek ﬁve miles east of 33 wo u n d e d k n e e Wounded Knee several days after that.
Voices of the American West, Volume 1: The Indian interviews of Eli S. Ricker, 1903-1919 by Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen