By Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen
The dear interviews carried out by means of Nebraska pass judgement on Eli S. Ricker with Indian eyewitnesses to the Wounded Knee bloodbath, the Little immense Horn conflict, the Grattan incident, and different occasions and personages of the previous West are ultimately made largely on hand during this long-awaited volume. In the 1st decade of the 20th century, because the outdated West grew to become more and more far-off and romanticized in renowned cognizance, Eli S. Ricker (1843–1926) all started interviewing those that had skilled it firsthand, hoping to write down a multi-volume sequence approximately its final days. one of several members he interviewed have been American Indians, usually Sioux, who spoke generally a couple of diversity of topics, a few with the aid of an interpreter. For years Ricker traveled around the northern Plains, determinedly amassing details off and on reservations, in iciness and in summer season. pass judgement on Ricker by no means wrote his publication, yet his interviews are invaluable assets of knowledge in regards to the outdated West that supply extra balanced views on occasions than have been accredited on the time. Richard E. Jensen brings jointly all of Ricker’s interviews with American Indians, annotating the conversations and delivering an intensive advent that units forth vital information regarding Ricker, his learn, and the editorial method guiding the current quantity.
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Nine years. Q. Now, I wish you would make a statement about the Indians that were there at Wounded Knee. Where was Big Foot’s Band? A. Well, as I understand was at Standing Rock Agency. The Indians of Standing Rock Agency on hearing of the dance down here at Pine Ridge are supposed to have started down here for the purpose of joining it, whether they had any intention of joining in or not, there cannot anybody tell and as soon as the soldiers intercepted them at the Bell Fourche River or Bear Butte Creek and made them prisoners, that is, in a way, and they skipped out at night and come on down through the bad lands and the Indian Police ﬁrst noticed them coming up Porcupine Creek.
One shell was all that was needed to stop shots from there. At this moment a team appeared in sight hurrying as fast as they could going up out of the gulch. The oﬃcer asked the gunner what they were. ’’ The gun was trained on the wagon; there were ﬁve in the party—2 men being on the ground whipping and urging the horses; the shell exploded with terrible eﬀect, tearing horses, wagon and Indians in pieces. An eye witness says the sight was as if a pile of rags had been thrown into the air. All were killed except a small baby which General and Mrs.
Allen was with Major Whiteside, Captain Wallace and other oﬃcers that night; they were not intoxicated, but felt well. Allen says there were soldiers drawn up as Philip Wells avers; but there were also a cordon of soldiers thrown around the council, and it was impossible for these soldiers to shoot without killing one another. Suppose (I say) that it was an accident. Why should the soldiers have ﬁred when no shots had been poured into them? Was there no authority and no discipline among oﬃcers and soldiers?
Voices of the American West, Volume 1: The Indian interviews of Eli S. Ricker, 1903-1919 by Eli S. Ricker, Richard E. Jensen