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, as a substitute touchdown in an insane asylum in Washington, D.C., the place he fell silent. Spopee therefore “disappeared” for greater than thirty years, until eventually a delegation of yankee Blackfeet came upon him and, aided through 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 in basic terms via bits and items of information—William E. Farr carried out exhaustive archival study, digging deeply into executive records and institutional experiences to construct a coherent and exact 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 earlier than their confinement, lack of freedom, and confusion that got here with the wrenching transition to reservation life.
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Blackfoot Redemption: A Blood Indian's Story of Murder, Confinement, and Imperfect Justice by William E. Farr