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Thursday, January 10, 2019
An Excellent Book
Yesterday I downloaded an incredible story on my Kindle. It's called, Nine Years Among The Indians 1870-1979, by Herman Lehmann. This is a gripping tale about a man who was captured by Native Americans as a young boy. His parents had come to America from Germany.
It is difficult to read, due to the violence, cruelty, and abuse that he suffered. He became a respected warrior with the tribe, but it was a grueling process. I had always romanticized the lifestyle of the native people, being fascinated by their beauty, dress, culture, and spirituality. I even lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for three years, being drawn to the history, landscape, and blue skies. I visited historical areas, and attended a couple of pow wows. They were nothing like the tales in this book. It gave me quite an education.
Reading Herman's detailed account opened up an entirely different reality than what I had ever known. The lifestyle of daily murder, theft, and brutality was pretty horrifying to digest, but also very educational. What I didn't realize was how much the tribes fought against each other. The antagonism and feuding was constant. I saw many parallels between the behavior of these people and the problems that we still have today. He developed an intense hatred of whites, even though he was white. It was fascinating. He had to completely change his ways, in order to survive.
He was returned to his family as an adult, and later married and had children. It is a remarkable life story. I took a long hike today, imagining those times, when all of those pioneers and Indians were intent upon heading West, and felt thankful for my blessings.
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