Teepee neighbors by Grace CoolidgeTeepee neighbors by Grace Coolidge

Teepee neighbors

byGrace Coolidge

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... It Is not often that a man has to undergo two identical and very hard experiences. Such however, was the fate of Jerome Rising Elk. It seemed almost incredible that twice the same bitter thing should happen to him. But let me tell you this story. Soon after he left school, as quite a young man he had married, in the Indian way, and he had set up house keeping for himself and his bride in a little white tent pitched close to her father's home. In time there had come a baby, and at its coming she had left him. Who shall conceive the horror of her last day? The young moaning mother lying on the floor amongst dingy quilts, the gloom of the teepee, the helpless sympathetic, women-faces about her, the old weeping grandmother, her mother, a baby at her breast, her own last anguish fresh in her mind: the flies, the heat, the sneaking dogs, the day-long agony; and then the spent flesh breaking at last, the thread of life snapping, even as the infant's cry proclaimed the birth. The girl's mother had taken the child. For a few months she nursed it with her own; then--for who shall starve one's own for the sake of an outsider?--then its wailing cry had ceased and they had laid its little lean body in a grave hollowed out of the dry earth near its mother's. Jerome and his wife did not live at our end of the reservation. I scarcely knew either of them by sight, but their story, the sad story of the manner of her death, was told everywhere about the camps; the women listened, wonderingly, holding close their own, thinking in their hearts: "If it had been I!" Two or three years passed. Like a homeless bird the young man, a boy of some education for a reservation Indian, drifted from camp to camp, made long journeys and visits to neighboring tribes, in Oklahoma, in the Da...
Title:Teepee neighborsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217565395

ISBN - 13:9780217565394