Seven Council Fires
Seven Council Fires is a 350 page history of the seven tribes of the Teton Sioux, Oglala, Brule, Yanktonais, Two Kettles, Sans Arc, Minconjous and Huncpapa. Written in a narrative form, with a fast and lively pace, this is a book the reader will find hard to put down.
About the Book
Seven Council Fires, a history of the seven tribes of the Teton Sioux, describes their rout as a stone age people by the Chippewa Indians, who were armed with the White man's metal weapons. The book follows their migration down the Mississippi River, and up the Minnesota River over a period of eighty years. Coming to the great plains, the couteau des prairie, they found themselves afoot, if there were no rivers to follow. Within the next fifty years, they acquired the horse, and eventually became the greatest light cavalry in history. By 1840, the Sioux controlled the larger part of four present-day western states, North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and great chunks of Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.
The book describes the relationship between the Sioux and their many hostile neighbors, their way of life, their sense of humor, the Sundance, their annual gathering for Thanksgiving and Supplication, the lives of their leaders, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Touch-the-Clouds, Lone Horn, and others, and finally the confrontation with the United States Army. The book offers the Reader maps of the scenes of action, relating the ancient time to present-day.
About the Author
Born in Oklahoma a short ten years after the Indian Territory days, Bruce Gilliland was raised and attended school adjacent to the reservations of the Cherokee and Creek Indians, two of the five Civilized Tribes. Even closer were the Osage Indians whose native language was Siouian. After retiring from a successful construction business in Western Nebraska, Gilliland wrote books about both the Cherokee and Chickasaw Indians. The principal Indian tribe of renown, in the plains states, are the Teton Sioux, also know as Lakota. Becoming curious about the language of the Osage Indians, the Author began an extensive research into the history of the Sioux Indians. Seven Council Fires is the result. The Author has also written The Tartaned Warrior, and The River Kingdom.
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