By William E. Farr
In 1879, a Canadian Blackfoot referred to as 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, till a delegation of yank Blackfeet came upon him and, aided by way of 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 yr of his lifestyles at the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, in a global that had replaced irrevocably from the single he had identified sooner 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 simply via bits and items of information—William E. Farr performed exhaustive archival study, digging deeply into govt files and institutional studies to construct a coherent and exact narrative and, via this reconstruction, win again one Indian’s existence 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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Blackfoot Redemption: A Blood Indian's Story of Murder, Confinement, and Imperfect Justice by William E. Farr