Native American Studies

American Indians in the U.S by John Langellier

By John Langellier

American Indians within the U.S КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Greenhill Books Серия: The G.I. sequence - The Illustrated background of the yankee Soldier Автор: John P. Langellier Название: American Indians within the U.S. defense force, 1866-1945 Язык: English Год издания: 2000 Количество страниц: seventy four ISBN: 1-85367-408-7 Формат: pdf Размер: 12.32 Мб eighty five

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Hey, Nerburn. ” “No,” I answered. ” One of the men grunted. I was no longer significant. He began dealing a new hand while I stood awkwardly in the doorway, disregarded and forgotten. ” The others kept talking among themselves and smoking cigarettes. ” I said. “Hell, yes. ” There was a general round of laughter. I wanted to leave. I stepped further into the room and started paging through the neatly stapled packets, trying to find one in which I had confidence. “Just pick one. It don’t matter,” said the old man.

It was a private, intimate act; he did not have to offer it if he didn’t want to. I took the pipe. I smoked several puffs, cupping the smoke with my hand as he did, forcing it toward the ground, then the sky, then around my head. Then I handed it back. He puffed several times more before it went out. “You need to understand this, Nerburn,” he said. All levity was gone from his voice. ” I flushed a bit. I didn’t think I had lied to him. And old people always scared me when they made observations like that.

We saw no respect from these people. They chopped down trees and left animals lay where they were shot. They made loud noises. They seemed like wild people. They were heavy on the land and they were loud. We could hear their wagon wheels groaning in the next valley. “We tried to stay out of their way. But they made us angry. They made hunting hard for us. They took food from our children’s mouths. We did not want them around. Still, they were on small paths and we were free. We tried to leave them alone, except for the young men who were most angry.

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