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This is the first biography of Chief Left Hand diplomat linguist and legendary of the Plains Indians Working from government reports manuscripts and the diaries and letters of those persons both white and Indian who knew him Margaret Coel has developed an unusually readable interesting and closely documented account of his life and the life of his tribe during the fateful years of the mid 1800sIt was in these years that thousands of gold seekers on their way to California and Oregon burst across the plains first to traverse the territory consigned to the Indians and then with the discovery of gold in 1858 on Little Dry Creek formerly the site of the Southern Arapaho winter campground  and presently Denver Colorado to settleChief Left Hand was one of the first of his people to acknowledge the inevi. What an interesting book For those of you who enjoy reading Non fiction books this is a Great readLeft Hand Niwot was a man of peace spoke English fluently was respected by frontier settlers and came to know the white man s way early on in life Once you start reading this very informative book it s hard to put down You learn so much about this time in History between the Native Americans and the politics politicians and the trials tribulations that went on during this time in historyLeft Hand realized from early contacts that the whites had come to stay He was avoided or ignored by villains intent on extermination of the Indian people cultureIt s a chilling and gripping story by an award winning author

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Chief Left Hand Southern Arapaho Civilization of the American Indian Series

Tability of the white man’s presence on the plain and thereafter to espouse a policy of adamant peacefulness if not finally friendship toward the newcomers Chief Left Hand is not only a consuming story popular history at its best but an important work of original scholarship In it the authorClearly establishes the separate identities of the original Left Hand the subject of her book and the man by the same name who succeeded Little Raven in 1889 as the principal chief of the Southern Arapahos in Oklahoma a longtime source of confusion to students of western history;Lays to rest with a series of previously unpublished letters by George Bent a century long dispute among historians as to Left Hand’s fate at Sand Creek;Examines the role of John A Evans first governor of Colorado in the Sand Creek. Chief Left Hand is an essential read for anyone interested in Colorado history Being from Missouri I m not very familiar with the state s history even though I live here I grew up in the Gateway to the West but obviously don t know near as much about Western history as I thought Chief Left Hand is the biography of the man who tried to bring peace to his people and the white settlers during the 1860 s It illuminates the people behind many of the area s namesakes including Niwot Left Hand Canyon Mount Evans and certain Denver streets such as Evans Curtis Wynkoop and It illustrates how the cities of Denver and Boulder came to be settled in the years running up to the Sand Creek Massacre where Chief Left Hand allegedly perished Until I read this I was unaware how much the Sand Creek Massacre itself has been depicted andor referenced in film television novels and music Margaret Coel even posits that if Sand Creek hadn t occurred the 25 years of warfare between settlers and natives considered to be the longest war in US history might not have even happened

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Massacre Colonel Chivington commander of the Colorado Volunteers has always and justly been held responsible for the surprise attack But Governor Evans who afterwards claimed ignorance and innocence of the colonel’s intentions was also deeply involved His letters on file in the Colorado State Archives have somehow escaped the scrutiny of historians and remain for the most part unpublished These Coel has used extensively allowing the governor to tell in his own words his real role in the massacre The author also examines Evans’s motivations for coming to Colorado his involvement with the building of the transcontinental railroad and his intention of clearing the Southern Arapahos from the plains an intention that abetted Chivington’s ambitions and led to their ruthless slaughter at Sand Creek. My knowledge of Native American history is woefully inadeuate so I don t have much background for this book It is highly accessible really nicely researched and noted and easily readableIt s a devastating story told as a biography of Chief Left Hand of the Southern Arapaho tribe for whom the town of Niwot CO is named culminating in the horrors of the Sand Creek massacre Years of efforts by Left Hand at promoting peaceful coexistence between whites and Indians were repeatedly dashed by the incomprehension misunderstanding ethnocentrism greed and straight out savagery It s really depressing but as one who lives in an area that Left Hand must have at least passed through I d call it essential reading with broad implications for understanding American history Highly recommended


10 thoughts on “Chief Left Hand Southern Arapaho Civilization of the American Indian Series

  1. says:

    Over the years I have read many accounts of the Sand Creek Massacre These have been accounts from the standpoint of the So

  2. says:

    I found this history of Colorado from a Native American perspective very fascinatingIt greatly saddened me to read about how the Southern Arap

  3. says:

    What an interesting book For those of you who enjoy reading Non fiction books this is a Great readLeft Hand Niwot was a man of peace spoke English fluently was respected by frontier settlers and came to know the white man's way early on in life Once you start reading this very informative book it's hard to put down You l

  4. says:

    One of the best books I have read regarding the plight of the native Americans of the great plains Coel's book is then the biography of a fascinating and often overlooked individual It traces the influx of whites

  5. says:

    MC delivered an engaging history of the Arapahos and Colorado Territory She defines the cunning self serving aggression led by Gov Evans and the unanswered press for Peace by Chief Left Hand This book tells the shameful story of European American conuests in America Chief Left Hand and the tribes of the Plains Indians were cruelly deceived for the want of westward expansion and profit I am ashamed of these European Amer

  6. says:

    Chief Left Hand is an essential read for anyone interested in Colorado history Being from Missouri I’m not very familiar with the state's history even though I live here I grew up in the Gateway to the West but obviously don’t know near as much about Western history as I thought Chief Left Hand is the biography of the

  7. says:

    An extremely well written historical account of the life of Chief Left Hand one of the most famous Indians of the plains Margaret Coel traces the Southern Arapahos migration to the plains the last half of the 1700s Chief Lef

  8. says:

    My knowledge of Native American history is woefully inadeuate so I don't have much background for this book It is highly accessible really nicely researched and noted and easily readableIt's a devastating story told as a biography of Chief Left Hand of the Southern Arapaho tribe for whom the town of Niwot CO is named culminating in the horrors of the Sand Creek massacre Years of efforts by Left Hand at promoting peace

  9. says:

    Interesting history of the relations between Colorado pioneers and the Arapahoe Cheyenne and other Native tribes in the region The story finds a level of detail that shows how multifaceted these relationships were Reading this has given me better understanding of how some of the injustices and massacres came about during those years before statehood but also gave some indications of how things could have gone in a different direction While

  10. says:

    Facing each other across the river the two peoples white and Indian awaited settlement of the land uestion Both understand that the land belonged to the Southern Arapahoes and Cheyennes Both could see that it was occupied by whites