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Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians
Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians
Author: Fanny Kelly, Clark Spence (Editor), Mary Lee Spence (Editor)
Fanny Kelly's story of her forced stay among the Sioux Indians is among the best of "Captivity Stories" a popular genre in the nineteenth century. It details her capture and ordeals, while at the same time painting a vivid picture of a way of life that was soon to disappear.
ISBN-13: 9781568522449
ISBN-10: 1568522444
Publication Date: 4/2000
Pages: 274
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Publisher: Konecky & Konecky
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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This is an interesting first-person account of one womans forced abduction into a group of Oglala Sioux in the mid 1860s. Where Id imagine myself being fascinated with the natural way of life, I certainly never fantasized the more unsavory elements of such an extreme culture clash. In the beginning, Fanny Kelley has nothing more on her mind than escaping this horrid turn of events with her daughter. But once she accepts the fact that due to her own good intentions, her young girl probably never made it out alive, She then settles into and recounts her burdensome and yet beautiful existence with relatively little whining. This alone makes her a better man than I. She shares the high adventure, the lonely lows, the fear and even the tiny things in life that make it bearable when you believe you have nothing left to lose. This was either a very quick read, or just riveting material because once I started the book, I couldnt put it down.