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By John G. Neihardt
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When I ’woke, I thought the soldiers had come to kill us all when our warriors were away, and I was afraid. But my mother said: ‘It is our people, and they have killed many enemies. ’ She stirred the fire and fed it, so that it would be bright and warm for my father. Then she went out into the dark full of shouting and singing and the wind; and I listened and was afraid again, for I could hear women’s high voices mourning. “But my father was not dead. There was one at his head and one at his feet when they brought him in and laid him on a robe beside the fire.
76. INTRODUCTION TO THE BRITISH EDITION I have been asked to furnish a brief Introduction to the following tale by way of suggesting the sources upon which I have drawn. This is a very large order, involving, as it does, a rather long life-time spent in the American West. Some of my most vivid boyhood memories are concerned with true pioneer life in north-western Kansas, where I lived with my covered-wagon grandparents in a sod house, with cow-chips” gathered from the fenceless prairie for fuel, and wicks in bowls of lard for lamps.
248). In the end, Eagle Voice presents an image of dignity born of the cultural values of the past that give promise of strength for the future. In contrast to the defeated old man at the close of Black Elk Speaks, the literary figure of Eagle Voice endures into the world of today, long after that happier time of When the Tree Flowered. From its publication in 1951, When the Tree Flowered has been largely misunderstood. Reviewing the book in the Westerners Brandbook, Don Russell, respected newspaperman and western historian, wrote that Neihardt “warns us that this book is fiction,” and quoted him, apparently from a letter, as saying: “The story is definitely a creation, but woven out of authentic materials.
Eagle Voice Remembers: An Authentic Tale of the Old Sioux World by John G. Neihardt