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  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • Spur Award for Best Western Biography 2015
  • Philip Burnham
  • en
  • 08 August 2019
  • 9780803269361

6 thoughts on “Spur Award for Best Western Biography 2015

  1. says:

    I probably expected too much from this book I had hoped for some insight from yet another Little Big Horn combatant since it seems that I have a limitless hunger for information on the topic Sadly I found that this book fell short of my expectationsFull points to Philip Burnham for writing the book; he is a very good writer who was limited by the scarcity of good first hand information He has an obvious passion for the subject but I think h

  2. says:

    Philip Burnham now of George Mason University and a former reporter for Indian Country Today made several years of summer trips to South Dakota where he met established relationships and gathered stories from desce

  3. says:

    This is one of those books that while I enjoyed it a great deal I wouldn't recommend to just anyone or to casual readers in general It is a scholarly work that is most likely intended for those interested in the history of the American WestDewey Beard Putinhin or Wazu Maza was a uniue individual He was a Lakota Indian born

  4. says:

    Interesting book The treatment of the Lakota's by the government is very sad If your looking for a story about C

  5. says:

    At first I wondered how another book about the Little Big Horn would playbut this is a great book Dewey survived much than just the Little Big Horn He was also at Wounded Knee and that account alone will bread a reader's heart

  6. says:

    The story should be reuired knowledge for every American whether this book or any other source

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Spur Award for Best Western Biography 2015

E Black Hills into a tourism mecca Beard spent most of his later life fighting to reclaim his homeland and acting as an advocate for his family and his people With a keen eye for detail and a true storyteller’s talent Philip Burnham presents the man behind the legend of Dewey Beard and shows how the life of the last survivor of Little Bighorn provides a glimpse into the survival of indigenous America ?. This is one of those books that while I enjoyed it a great deal I wouldn t recommend to just anyone or to casual readers in general It is a scholarly work that is most likely intended for those interested in the history of the American WestDewey Beard Putinhin or Wazu Maza was a uniue individual He was a Lakota Indian born around 1858 during the last years of the Buchanan administration and died in 1955 as Disneyland was just being opened During his life he participated in buffalo hunts was present at the Battle of the Little Bighorn was exiled in Canada with Sitting Bull was shot five times at the Wounded Knee Massacre and rode with Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show While this may seem like an exciting and interesting life Dewey lost his wife child parents and two brothers at Wounded Knee buried all of his children before he himself passed away had his allotment on the Pine Ridge Reservation seized by the War Department in 1942 and tried to win compensation for his losses from a resistant federal bureaucracy He lived out the remainder of his life in poverty trying to eke out a living posing for photographs with touristsThe Song of Dewey Beard seemed like a funeral dirge to me not only for Dewey but also for the Lakota People in general who continue to survive even though they have been robbed of their culture and possessions by a seeming uncaring federal government

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The resistance of great Native American warriors to the US government in the war against the Plains Indians is a well known chapter in the story of the American West In the aftermath of the great resistance as the Indian nations recovered from war many figures loomed heroic yet their stories are mostly unknown This long overdue biography of Dewey Beard ca 1862–1955 a Lakota who witnessed the Battle of. I probably expected too much from this book I had hoped for some insight from yet another Little Big Horn combatant since it seems that I have a limitless hunger for information on the topic Sadly I found that this book fell short of my expectationsFull points to Philip Burnham for writing the book he is a very good writer who was limited by the scarcity of good first hand information He has an obvious passion for the subject but I think he was frustrated by a paucity of documentary information and also by oral sources that might be termed shaky at bestDewey Beard certainly merits the scrutiny of a good biographer As a teenager he claims to have fought Custer s troops at Little Big Horn although some have uestioned this The Sioux it seems did not keep birth certificates or pay stubs and were prone to changing their names seemingly on a whim Beard was previously known as Iron Hail and Many Wounded Holes and a couple of other aliases so this understandably can be the source of confusion for anyone trying to piece together the story of a warrior s life What is certain is that Beard was a survivor of Wounded Knee albeit a well ventilated survivor as witnessed by his subseuent name Many Wounded Holes After Wounded Knee he attempted to settle down and live a strife free life He had his land confiscated for little or no compensation a couple of times preventing him from getting a decent start as a rancher He worked for Bill Cody s Wild West show playing the part of an Indian He also had some bit parts in early movies playingyou guessed itan Indian Beard went on to live and die in relative obscurity He had some minor celebrity as the last man standing from Little Big Horn and a couple of times a year he would get the call to don his regalia and be put on displayWhat caused me to smoulder during this book was that no one before Burnham seems to have cared enough to put this man s life into print and now Burnham was conducting interviews with many relatives with few or no blood ties to Beard and who were relying on memory One contributor last saw Beard at the age of 4 years but claims perfect memory of him another or possibly the same contributor claimed to have grandfathers than you could count on one hand Either the person wasn t familiar with the definition of grandfather or that must have been one wild night for GrandmaThe book is nicely illustrated with photographs of Beard and his family and one of Beard at a very old age dressed in spotless regalia with his headdress is particularly striking A portrait of a man who just wanted to mind his own business but if you want to start somethinghey he wouldn t mind kicking your assDewey Beard warrior showman statesmandeserved better than this Someone should have started writing this book 75 years ago

review Spur Award for Best Western Biography 2015

Little Bighorn and survived the Wounded Knee Massacre chronicles a remarkable life that can be traced through major historical events from the late nineteenth into the mid twentieth century Beard was not only a witness to two major events involving the Lakota; he also traveled with William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West show worked as a Hollywood Indian and witnessed the grand transformation of th. Philip Burnham now of George Mason University and a former reporter for Indian Country Today made several years of summer trips to South Dakota where he met established relationships and gathered stories from descendants of the Lakota warrior Dewey Beard Burnham also draws on an interview conducted with the old Lakota shortly before he died Dewey died in 1955 a man in his 90s who survived both Little Big Horn in 1876 and the massacre of his village including much of his own family at Wounded Knee in 1890 Like other natives among them Sitting Bull Chief Joseph and Geronimo he performed in Buffalo Bill Cody s Wild West Shows around the turn of the 20th century As late as the early 1950s when Dewey was very old he took bit parts in Western movies One of the most striking things about the life of this man who was born into the twilight of his people s freedom on the Great Plains is the sheer range of his experience the stunning array of circumstances he was forced to adapt to over the course of his life In the early 20th century he lived on the Pine Ridge Reservation He and his wife were forced from their allotment when the U S Army seized a large portion of Pine Ridge for bombing practice In the 1930s he sometimes went to tourist areas and allowed those passing through to have themselves photographed with him He never learned English never learned to read or write As an expression of who he was as a Lakota warrior the tragic hellish day at Wounded Knee stands out Burnham writes in part trying to make sense of conflicting accounts including Dewey Beard s own account Lakota warriors were expected to relate tales of battle One can only guess at the guilt he carried as a survivor and how that shaped his memory Did the death of loved ones lead him to inflate his own valor if only as a defense against a crushing loss The irony of Beard s heroism at Wounded Knee is that recalling it couldn t have given him much satisfaction it yielded only the most bitter of memories which one wouldn t expect from a show of extraordinary courage If we believe his account and we have good reason to his finest hour as a warrior was his darkest one as a husband son and brother A reference to members of his family killed that day On that worst of all possible days he did what a warrior is trained to do and what his father had asked of him