Chief Joseph

B. Transcriptions

 

B3. Chief Joseph. Excerpt from “An Indian’s View of Indian Affairs.” In Northwest Passages: A Literary Anthology of the Pacific Northwest from Coyote Tale to Roadside Attractions edited by Bruce Barcott, 7-10. Seattle, Washington: Sasquatch Books, 1994. Originally published in North American Review. (April 1879).

Keywords: Chief Joseph, 19th Century history, Politics, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B4. Chief Joseph; That All People May Be One People, Send Rain to Wash the Face of the Earth [1995] 1995

That All People / May Be One People / Send Rain to Wash / The Face of the Earth / Chief Joseph / 1879

Location: Nez Perce National Historical Park Archives; Spalding, Idaho

Collation: 1 volume. Vol 1: unpaginated page. half title; unpaginated page. blank; unpaginated page. full title; unpaginated page. copyright; unpaginated page. ‘Contents;’ unpaginated page. ‘Credits;’ i-iii. ‘Introduction;’ iv. blank; v. portrait of In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat/young Chief Joseph; vi. blank; 1-46. text; 47-53. ‘Timeline;’ two unpaginated blanks; unpaginated page. ‘Related Titles’

Text Contents: Speech broken up into untitled and unnumbered sections

Description: Work taken from the words of young Chief Joseph in a speech given to interviewers from North American Review, April 1879.

Keywords: Chief Joseph, 19th Century History, Nez Perce War, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

B7. Craig, Fermore, Robin Richards, and Kim Stafford. “Picking up the Drum: An Oral History from the Columbia Plateau.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 103, no. 3 (2002): 338-61. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20615253.

Note: Includes interviews with descendants of warriors in the Nez Perce War.

Keywords: Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, 19th Century History, Oral Traditions, Transcriptions

 

C. Novels

 

C8. Henry, Will; From Where the Sun Now Stands [1960, 1987, 2001, 2007] 2001

From Where / the Sun / Now Stands / Will Henry / Center Point Publishing / Thorndike Maine

Location: Wallowa County Library; Enterprise, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: 2 unpaginated blanks; 1. half title; 2. Seal of Approval from N.A.V.H.; 3. full title; 4. copyright; 5-343. text; 343-44. ‘Author’s Note’ and ‘Acknowledgements;’ 10 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: “Book I: The Wallowa”: “1 The Appaloosa Pony,” “2 Going to the Buffalo,” “3 Up the Wild Tahmonmah,” “4 The Guns of Kamiah,” “5 How the White Man Really Was,” “6 September Wind,” “7 Lapwai Winter” “Book II: White Bird Canyon”: “8 The Vision of Smoholla,” “9 One Hand Shows the Rifle,” “10 The Whiskey Talkers,” “11 Across the Angry Snake,” “12 The Camp at Tolo Lake,” “13 The Salmon River Raids,” “14 Flight to Sapachesap,” “15 One Hundred Horse Soldiers,” “16 Valley of the White Bird,” “17 Redbeard Remembers” “Book III: The Lolo Trail”: “18 Where is Captain Whipple?,” “19 The Village of Looking Glass,” “20 Short Trail of Lieutenant Rains,” “21 Ride Proud at Peeta Auüwa,” “22 The Clearwater Fight,” “23 Good-Bye, Fair Land!” “Book IV: The Big Hole”: “24 We Leave the Lodgepoles,” “25 War Talk at Weippe Prairie,” “26 The Lolo Trail,” “27 The Bitterroot Treaty,” “28 The Council of Tinukin,” “29 Battle of the Big Hole,” “30 Rescue of Red Nose,” “31 Camas Meadows” “Book V: The Bear Paws”: “32 The Killer Scouts,” “33 Canyon Creek and Cow Island,” “34 The Telegraph,” “35 Place of the Manure Fires,” “36 From Where the Sun Now Stands,” “37 Beyond the Bear Paws”

Description: Fictionalized story of the Nez Perce War in 1877.

Reviews: “From Where the Sun Now Stands.” Review of From Where the Sun Now Stands, by Will Henry. Kirkus Reviews, n.d. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/will-henry/from-where-the-sun-now-stands/

Note: 2001 large print edition used for ready availability. Page numbers may vary.

Keywords: Fiction, Historical Fiction, 19th Century History, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, General Howard, Novels, Literature

 

C24. Johnston, Terry C.; Cries from the Earth: The Outbreak of the Nez Perce War and the Battle of White Bird Canyon, June 17, 1877 [1999] 1999

Cries / from / the / Earth / The Outbreak of the Nez Perce War / and the / Battle of White Bird Canyon / June 17, 1877 / Terry C. Johnston / St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Location: Enterprise Public Library; Enterprise, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume, volume 14 in The Plainsmen Series. Vol. 1: front cover and unpaginated page. illustration; unpaginated page. portraits of Emily FitzGerald, General Oliver Otis Howard, and Arthur “Ad” Chapman and unidentified Nez Perce man; i. ‘High Praise for the Work of Terry C. Johnston;’ ii. blank; iii. ‘High Praise for the Work of Terry C. Johnston’ continued; iv. ‘The Plainsmen Series by Terry C. Johnston;’ v. full title; vi. copyright; vii. dedication; viii-ix. ‘The Outbreak of the Nez Perce War’ map; x. ‘Murders along the Salmon River’ map; xi. ‘Detail Map;’ xii. ‘The Battle of White Bird Creek, June 17, 1877’ map; xiii-xix. ‘Cries from the Earth Cast of Characters;’ xx. blank; xxi. quotes from Patricia Nelson Limerick, Private John P Schorr, Robert M. Utley, Jerome A. Greene, and John D. McDermott; xxii. blank; 1-3. ‘Introduction;’ 4. blank; 5-15. ‘Prologue;’ 16-427. text; 428-29. ‘Epilogue;’ 430-58. ‘Afterword;’ back cover. portraits of Sergeant Michael McCarthy, Seeskoomke/No Feet, and Tolo

Text Contents: 48 untitled chapters

Description: Fictionalized description of the outbreak and first battle of the Nez Perce War. Features real-life characters and events.

Reviews: Excerpts of some reviews found at https://us.macmillan.com/criesfromtheearth/terrycjohnston/9781466843233

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, General Howard, Novels, Literature

 

C25. Johnston, Terry C.; Lay the Mountains Low: The Flight of the Nez Perce from Idaho and the Battle of the Big Hole, August 9-10, 1877 [2000, 2001] 2000

Lay the / Mountains / Low / The Flight of the Nez Perce from Idaho / and the Battle of the Big Hole, / August 9-10, 1877 / Terry C. Johnston / St. Martin’s Press – New York

Location: Enterprise Public Library; Enterprise, Oregon and Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture

Collation: 1 volume, volume 2 of The Plainsmen Series. Vol. 1: 2 unpaginated blanks; i. half title; ii. ‘The Plainsmen Series by Terry C. Johnston; iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. note on illustrations; vi-vii. ‘Nez Perce Country’ map; viii-ix. ‘Battle of the Big Hole’ map; x. blank; xi. ‘Battle of the Clearwater’ map; xii. blank; xiii-xvii. ‘Cast of Characters;’ xviii. blank; xix. quotes by Joseph, Jerome A. Greene, and White Bird; xx. blank; xxi-xxii. ‘Author’s Foreword;’ xxiii-xxiv. pictures of Yellow Wolf, Second Lieutenant Sevier M. Rains, Cottonwood Ranch and Hotel, Looking Glass, Dr. Jenkins (John) A. Fitzgerald, and Colonel John Gibbon; xxv. half title; xxvi. blank; 1-5. ‘Prologue;’ 6-477. text; 478-82. ‘Epilogue;’ 483-95. ‘Author’s Afterword;’ unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. ‘About the Author;’ 7 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: 67 untitled chapters

Description: Fictionalized telling of the Nez Perce’s exile into Idaho and the following battle, the Battle of the Big Hole, the bloodiest battle of the Nez Perce War.

Reviews: “Lay the Mountains Low. Review of Lay the Mountains Low: The Flight of the Nez Perce from Idaho and the Battle of the Big Hole, August 9-10, 1877, by Terry C. Johnston. Publishers Weekly, May 29, 2000. https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-312-26189-4

“Lay the Mountains Low. Review of Lay the Mountains Low: The Flight of the Nez Perce from Idaho and the Battle of the Big Hole, August 9-10, 1877, by Terry C. Johnston. Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2000. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/terry-c-johnston/lay-the-mountains-low/

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, General Howard, Novels, Literature

 

C32. Nerburn, Kent; Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy [2005, 2006, 2009] 2006

Chief Joseph / & the Flight of the Nez Perce / The Untold Story of an American Tragedy / Kent Nerburn / HarperOne / An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Location: Alvin & Betty M. Josephy Library of Western History and Culture; Joseph, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: i. half title; ii. ‘Other Books by Kent Nerburn;’ iii. copyright; iv. dedication; v. blank; vi-viii. ‘Contents;’ ix-xxiii. ‘Introduction;’ two unpaginated blanks. ‘The Flight and Exile of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce People, 1877-1895’ map; unpaginated blank; 1-396. text; 397-98. ‘Epilogue: ‘The Noblest Indian of Them All;’’ 399-419. ‘A Note on Sources;’ unpaginated blank; unpaginated page. ‘About the Author;’ unpaginated blank

Text Contents: “Part I A Time of Hope”: “1. ‘We Thought They Might Be Descended from Dogs,’” “2. A Harvest for the Lord,” “3. A Child of Two Worlds,” “4. A Tide of Laws and Men,” “5. ‘We Will Not Give Up the Land,’” “6. ‘I Am a Man; You Will Not Tell Me What to Do” “Part 2 A Time of War”: “7. ‘There Have Been Killings,’” “8. ‘We Are Here Living Peacefully and Want No Trouble,’” “9. ‘The Most Terrible Mountains I Ever Beheld,’” “10. ‘In a Dream Last Night I Saw Myself Killed,’” “11. ‘Pursue Them to the Death,’” “12. Alone in a Strange Country,” “13. ‘Our People Are Hungry and Weak,’” “14. ‘I Think We Will All Be Caught and Killed,’” “15. ‘Soldiers Are Coming,’” “16. ‘Colonel Miles Wants to Meet with Chief Joseph,’” “17. ‘It Is Cold and We Have No Blankets’” “Part 3 A Time of Betrayal and Exile”: “18. ‘You Will Be Returned to Your Homeland,’” “19. ‘You Must Move Again,’” “20. ‘When Will These White Chiefs Begin to Tell the Truth,’” “21. Is It Possible That the Noble Red Man Is Not a Myth?,’” “22. ‘A Good Country to Get Rid of Indians In,’” “23. ‘I Have Heard Talk and Talk but Nothing Is Done,’” “24. ‘I Know What Is Good for You Now, Mr. Indian,’” “25. ‘We Won’t Be Responsible for Their Lives 24 Hours After Their Arrival,’” “26. ‘I Would Be Happy with Very Little’”

Description: Fictionalized account of the Nez Perce War and exile. Characters include Chief Joseph, General Oliver Otis Howard, Lewis and Clark, General William Tecumseh Sherman, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull.

Reviews: Brussat, Frederic and Mary Ann. “Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce.” Review of Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy, by Kent Nerburn. Spirituality and Practice. n.d., http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/reviews/view/10131

Thrush, Coll. “Kent Nerburn. Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy.” Review of Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy, by Kent Nerburn. H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, July 2006, Reviews. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=11983

“Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce.” Review of Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy, by Kent Nerburn. Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2005. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/kent-nerburn/chief-joseph-the-flight-of-the-nez-perce/

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, General Howard, Lewis and Clark, Novels, Literature

 

C33. O’Dell, Scott and Hall, Elizabeth; Thunder Rolling in the Mountains [1992, 1993, 2010] 1992

Thunder Rolling / in the Mountains / Scot O’Dell and / Elizabeth Hall / Houghton Mifflin Company / Boston

Location: Enterprise Public Library; Enterprise, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: two unpaginated blanks; i. half title; ii. blank; iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. dedication; vi. blank; vii. ‘Also by Scott O’Dell;’ viii. blank; ix-x. ‘Foreword;’ xi. half title; xii-xiii. ‘Route of the Nez Perce’ map; xiv. blank; 1-126. text; 127-28. ‘Afterword;’ 4 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: 23 untitled chapters

Description: Juvenile fiction story about the Nez Perce War.

Note: Manuscript of the work was unpublished after O’Dell’s death, but the work was completed by his wife, Elizabeth Hall, also an author.

Reviews: “Thunder Rolling in the Mountains.” Review of Thunder Rolling in the Mountains, by Scott O’Dell and Elizabeth Hall. Publishers Weekly, March 30, 1992. https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-395-59966-2

“Thunder Rolling in the Mountains.” Review of Thunder Rolling in the Mountains, by Scott O’Dell and Elizabeth Hall. Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 1992. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/scott-odell/thunder-rolling-in-the-mountains/

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, Novels, Literature

 

C44. Vollmann, William T.; The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War [2015, 2016] 2015

Seven Dreams / A Book of North American Landscapes / by / William T. Vollmann / Viking

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture; Joseph, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume, volume 5 in Seven Dreams series. Vol. 1: i. half title; ii. blank; iii. ‘Also by William T. Vollmann;’ iv. blank; v. full title; vi. blank; vii. ‘Seven Dreams;’ viii. copyright; ix. ‘Fifth Dream / The Dying Grass;’ x. blank; xi. dedication; xii. blank; xiii. quote from Parkman; xiv. blank; xv. ‘Contents;’ xvi. readers’ note; xvii. ‘List of Maps;’ xviii. blank; 1-1213. text; 1214-15. quotes from Milo Milton Quaife, Congressman J. Smith Young, Ulysses S. Grant, and Brigadier General Oliver Otis Howard; 1216. picture; 1217-351. ‘Chronology / Glossaries / Sources / [and a few notes]’ (1218. blank; 1219-20. ‘A Chronology of the Seven Ages of Wineland / V. The Age of Dying Grass;’ 1221. ‘The Shrinking Reservation’ map; 1222-28. chronology continued; 1229-70. ‘Glossaries;’ 1271-351. ‘Sources / [and a few notes]’); 1352. blank; 1353. ‘Captions;’ 1354. blank; 1355-56. ‘Acknowledgements;’ unpaginated blanks.

Text Contents: “The Dying Grass”: “I Indian Service,” “II Edisto,” “III The Burial of Lieutenant Theller,” “IV I Am Flying Up,” “V The Rest of My Days,” “VI Very Beautiful and Almost Automatic,” “VII Detached Pictures,” “VIII Raised My Eyes,” “IX The Americans Are Your Friends,” “Dinosaurs and Cycads”

Description: Fictionalized telling of the Nez Perce War from the perspective of General O. O. Howard with flashbacks to the Civil War. Includes supporting characters of historical significance: Sound of Running Feet (Chief Joseph’s daughter), Springtime and Good Woman (Chief Joseph’s wives), Colonel David Perry (of the war’s first battle), War-Chief Looking Glass, and C.E.S. Wood.

Reviews: Smiley, Jane. “‘The Dying Grass’, by William T. Vollmann.” Review of The Dying Grass, by William T. Vollmann. The New York Times, July 29, 2015, Sunday Book Review. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/books/review/the-dying-grass-by-william-t-vollmann.html

Treur, David. “William Vollmann’s ‘The Dying Grass’ is the reading experience of a lifetime.” Review of The Dying Grass, by William T. Vollmann. The Washington Post, July 30, 2015, Books. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/william-vollmanns-the-dying-grass-is-the-reading-experience-of-a-lifetime/2015/07/26/93a0769a-2edc-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html?utm_term=.ffee43208c10

Wright, David. “‘The Dying Grass’: epic novel of the Nez Perce War.” Review of The Dying Grass, by William T. Vollmann. The Seattle Times, August 9, 2015, Books and Entertainment. http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/books/the-dying-grass-epic-novel-of-the-nez-perce-war/

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, General Howard, C.E.S. Wood, Novels, Literature

 

C45. Williams, Jack R.; Be Brave, Tah-hy!: The Journey of Chief Joseph’s Daughter [2012] 2012

Be Brave, Tah-hy! / The Journey of chief Joseph’s Daughter / Jack R. Williams / Illustrations by Jo Proferes / WSU / Press / Washington State University Press / Pullman, Washington

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: i. full title; ii. copyright; iii. ‘Table of Contents;’ iv. blank; v. ‘Preface;’ vi. blank; vii. ‘Foreword;’ viii. ‘Nez Perce Country’ map; 1-129. text; 130. ‘Epilogue;’ 131. ‘About the Author’ and ‘About the Illustrator;’ 132. ‘Suggested Further Reading;’ 133-34. ‘Glossary of Nez Perce Words’

Text Contents: “Walowa,” “Split Rocks,” “White Bird,” “Clearwater,” “Kamiah,” “Weippe Prairie,” “Lolo Trail,” “Bitterroot Valley,” “Big Hole,” “Yellowstone Park,” “Crow Country,” “Big Muddy,” “Bears Paw,” “Escape,” “Sitting Bull’s Village,” “Going Home,” “Home?,” “Lapwai,” “Weddings,” “Agency Life,” “Father Returns,” “Special Agent Fletcher,” “Betrayed”

Descriptions: Juvenile fiction, fictionalized description of the Nez Perce War and journey to the reservation told from the perspective of Chief Joseph’s 12-year-old daughter.

Keywords: Fiction, 19th Century History, Historical Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Chief Joseph, Nez Perce War, Novels, Literature

 

H. CRITICISM

 

H2. Bartel, Roland, and Diana Grandberry. “The Power of Brevity in War Poetry.” The English Journal 86, no. 5 (1997): 72-75. doi:10.2307/820449.

Note: Reference and brief analysis of a portion of Chief’s Joseph’s surrender speech.

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, 19th Century History, Chief Joseph, Nez Perce War

 

H4. Cullick, Jonathan S. “Biography and the Poet: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce.” In Making History: The Biographical Narratives of Robert Penn Warren, by Jonathan S. Cullick, 155-84. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, 19th Century History, Chief Joseph, Nez Perce War

 

H9. Millichap, Joseph R. “Robert Penn Warren’s West.” The Southern Literary Journal 26, no. 1 (1993): 54-63. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20078084.

Note: References and commentary on Robert Penn Warren’s narrative poem Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Who Called Themselves the Nimipu “The Real People.”

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, 18th Century History, Chief Joseph, Nez Perce War

 

H11. Ruppersburg, Hugh. “Chapter 4 Recovering the Past: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce. In Robert Penn Warren and the American Imagination, by Hugh Ruppersburg, 112-28. Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 1990.

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, 19th Century History, Chief Joseph, Nez Perce War

 

H12. Strandberg, Victor. American Literature 63, no. 4 (1991): 765. doi:10.2307/2926898.

Note: References and commentary on Robert Penn Warren’s narrative poem Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Who Called Themselves the Nimipu “The Real People.”

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, 19th Century History, Chief Joseph, Nez Perce War

 

H13. Venn, George; Soldier to Advocate: C.E.S. Wood’s 1887 Legacy [2006] 2006

Soldier to Advocate: / C. E. S. Wood’s 1877 Legacy / A Soldier’s Unpublished Diary, Drawings, Poetry / and Letters of Alaska and the Nez Perce Conflict / by / George Venn / Wordcraft of Oregon LLC / The Grande Ronde Valley / La Grande, Oregon

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: i. full title; ii. copyright; iii. ‘Contents;’ iv. ‘Other Works by George Venn;’ v-viii. ‘Credits/List of Illustrations;’ 1. portrait of C. E. S. Wood; 2-3. ‘Introduction;’ 4-92. text; 93. blank; 94-96. ‘Acknowledgements;’ 97. ‘About the Author;’ unpaginated blank

Text Contents: ‘Part I. The Explorer: I Do Not Wish to Loaf about Sitka,’ ‘Part II. The Soldier’s Diary: Facing the Probabilities by Writing,’ ‘Part III. The Advocate: His Drawings, Poems, and Prose,’ ‘Part IV. The Writer: A Legacy of Family Friendship, and Justice’

Description: Literary criticism of the works of C.E.S. Wood through biography. Includes several poems and diary excerpts, previously unpublished. Though these poems were technically unpublished until 2006, they are not included in the literary section of this bibliography because they were included for the purpose of critique in a nonfiction work.

Reviews: Evans, Steven R. Oregon Historical Quarterly 108, no. 3 (2007): 492-94. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20615772.

Keywords: Criticism, Poetry, C.E.S. Wood, Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph, 19th Century History

 

H14. Wood, Erskine. “Chapter II. Army Life and Indian Campaigns and Negotiations.” In Life of Charles Erskine Scott Wood, 13-24. Vancouver, Washington: Rose Wind Press, 1991.

Keywords: Criticism, C.E.S. Wood, Nez Perce War, Politics, 19th Century History, Chief Joseph, Poetry

 

 

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