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By Scott O'Dell

This robust account of the tragic defeat of the Nez Perce Indians in 1877 by way of the USA military is narrated by way of leader Joseph's powerful and courageous daughter.

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At the backs of the operating horses are soldiers," he stated. "Their chief is Howard. " "The guy who has just one arm? " I requested. My father nodded. We have been status between a few bushes at the shore of Wallowa Lake. Waves piled up at the shore. Stout timber thrashed and bent. The mats round the backside of the resort flapped like birds able to fly away. My father stood tall and broad-shouldered. He had black hair that he wore in lengthy braids tied with ribbons. He used to play video games with me, yet no longer anymore. now not because the white males had come to root gold from our hills and streams and that i had stood with those that may struggle. "Why does the white chief go back? " I requested. "You spoke back him as soon as. You spoke undeniable phrases to him. " "He returns simply because he doesn't think what I advised him. " "Now you will inform him back? " "This time he rides with infantrymen. " "But nonetheless you are going to inform him? " My father didn't resolution. His silence made me afraid that finally, finally he might weaken and provides in to the warriors. A unmarried horse ran quickly towards us. On its again used to be Too-hul-hul-sote, an commemorated priest of the Dreamers and chief of the rovers from the Seven Devils nation. He was once in Wallowa to talk with my father in regards to the squaddies. "They come," he referred to as. "The one-armed normal leads them. " "I know," my father acknowledged. "I pay attention their horses. " The solar used to be death as we stood beside the lake. within the final of its mild a band of infantrymen rode out of the woods. They got here quickly via our village. Out in entrance rode normal Howard, the guy who had one arm and wore silver stars on his jacket. He pulled up in entrance people and a soldier got here out and stood beside my father to assist the 2 males speak jointly. "As I rode via your village," the overall acknowledged, "I regarded yet observed no longer one signal that you just plan to heed my order and movement your humans from Wallowa. " My father responded him in a steady voice. "We have determined to not flow to Lapwai, this different position. it's small and much away. It has little grass to feed our many horses. " "You have one thousand horses, leader Joseph," basic Howard stated. "You have hundreds of thousands of horses. you may have extra horses than you could ever use or promote. " My father acknowledged, "I were to Lapwai to appear. There are Indians dwelling in Lapwai already. I observed 3 motels and plenty of tipis. " "I will circulation them," the one-armed basic stated. "Everyone can be moved and there'll be a lot room in Lapwai. " "That isn't really solid, to force humans from their homes," my father stated. A livid gust of wind bore down upon us. The general's beard blew immediately out. the 2 males stood and stared at one another. In a tangle of timber in the back of them, 3 males, of them in purple jackets, have been looking at. they'd ridden up silently. I knew them all. The crimson Coats have been warriors who had sworn to struggle normal Howard and his infantrymen to the dying. Their chief used to be Wah-lit-its. He hated the whites simply because his father used to be murdered by means of a white guy, who had by no means been punished for the crime. crimson Moccasin Tops, his cousin, hated the whites for a similar cause.

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