By William E. Farr

In 1879, a Canadian Blackfoot often called Spopee, or Turtle, shot and killed a white guy. Captured as a fugitive, Spopee narrowly escaped execution, in its place touchdown in an insane asylum in Washington, D.C., the place he fell silent. Spopee therefore “disappeared” for greater than thirty years, till a delegation of yankee Blackfeet chanced on him and, aided via the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, exacted a pardon from President Woodrow Wilson. After re-emerging into society like a modern day Rip Van Winkle, Spopee spent the ultimate 12 months of his lifestyles at the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, in a global that had replaced irrevocably from the single he had recognized earlier than his confinement.

Blackfoot Redemption is the riveting account of Spopee’s strange and haunting tale. To reconstruct the occasions of Spopee’s life—at first traceable basically via bits and items of information—William E. Farr carried out exhaustive archival examine, digging deeply into executive records and institutional studies to construct a coherent and actual narrative and, via this reconstruction, win again one Indian’s lifestyles and identity.

In revealing either certainties and ambiguities in Spopee’s tale, Farr relates a bigger tale approximately racial dynamics and prejudice, whereas poignantly evoking the turbulent ultimate days of the buffalo-hunting Indians ahead of their confinement, lack of freedom, and confusion that got here with the wrenching transition to reservation life.

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