Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce by Kent Nerburn audiobook

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy

By Kent Nerburn
Read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Tantor Audio 9780061136085
16.87 Hours Unabridged
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Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation—the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon to Montana. There, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, handed his rifle to the U.S. military commander who had been pursuing them, and spoke his now-famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." Drawing on four years of research, interviews, and 20,000 miles of travel, Nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives' unlikely welcome in Bismarck, North Dakota, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of Joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland.

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Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation—the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon to Montana. There, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, handed his rifle to the U.S. military commander who had been pursuing them, and spoke his now-famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."

Drawing on four years of research, interviews, and 20,000 miles of travel, Nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives' unlikely welcome in Bismarck, North Dakota, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of Joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Everyone should read this book, so that the world will know of the crimes and atrocities committed against the Nez Perce people.” Leonard Peltier, author of Prison Writings and My Life is My Sundance
“A fine book full of fresh insights.” Robert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield
“A masterful job of recreating this tragic story.” National Catholic Reporter
“Nerburn deftly records a dark chapter of forced diaspora and forgotten promises—one as engrossing as a novel.” People
“Nerburn has done a remarkable job of research in telling the thus far untold story of Chief Joseph…A poignant, touching tale.” Howard Zinn, bestselling author of the The People’s History of the United States

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Author

Author Bio: Kent Nerburn

Author Bio: Kent Nerburn

Kent Nerburn, a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, has authored sixteen books on spirituality and Native American subjects. He holds a PhD with distinction from Graduate Theological Union and the University of California at Berkeley and has lived and worked among Native American communities for three decades.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 16.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English