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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Otlobtr 1971 THE LETHBBIOGI MUtAU 5 Hook revieivs White men should hang heads in shame Focus on the University By FISHBOURNE Bury My Heart at Wound ed Knee An Indian History of the American West by Brown Rinehart and 487 SI THE United States of Ameri between the years I860 and came dangerously close to committing genocide against an entire race of peo ple the American These thirty years of bloody American history have been in tensely researched and pain stakingly recorded by Dee Brown in one of the most FOU searching books youll ever The book is Bury My Heart at Wounded Brown has penned 15 other books on western history and is currently head librarian at the University of He takes the part of the red Riving an insight into the Plains Indian that has never been put down in print Indians have always been stereotyped as ignorant sav who went out and raped and only to return to their to sit around making arrowheads and saying ugh a Brown lifts these peo lifts them to a level they have never attained before in He shows them as they were deepfeel ing The result is a story that no American can be proud un of hes an The book is one more black eye for the Its a magnificent piece of li surely destined for the bookshelves of major school and university in North It is a must for every American history Brown sets the stage for his book by first dealing with the early European settlers bar baric treatment of their red The Dutch handed out justice to the slaughtering two entire villages and run ning bayonets through women and hacking their bodies to One Indian King Phil was killed and his head ex hibited at Plymouth for 20 years another Black had his skelton hung on view in the Iowa Territory gov ernors Which ones deserve to be called the and which ones the Christians The book delves specifically Into the history and troubles of the major tribes who made their homes on the vast west ern One of the beautiful things put forward in the book is an insight into some of the great Indian Brown shows them to be human a point not readily accepted in the deep thinkers and deepfeeling lovers of their people and tteir One of the wisest chiefs was Sitting Always holding a special place in my Sit ting Bull is expanded by Brown into not only a great warrior and military but as a man with great insight into life While in New York when touring with a wild west the great chief was always sur rounded by most of them from the Sitting Bull was heard to Tire while man knows how to make but he does not know how to distribute Of particular interest to lie people of this area will be the chapter dealing with the battle of the Little Big Horn and Sitting Bulls eventual escape into Brown deals with the attack in a factual manner I think youll find more than a slight discrepancy from the white mans longtold I know which one I be I might also add that I didnt feel the least bit of re morse when Custer got es pcscially after reading of his victory at the Washita In what is really a book of broken youll follow the plight of such great men as Red Cochise and Captain Captain after tight ing for the rights of his Modoc was finally But the thing the can be most proud of is the fact that Jacks body was then exhibited in the east as a carnival at traction just 10 cents a A number of white soldiers arc also quoted in Ihe One of the most notable quotes was spewed from the lips of one General Sheridan the only good Indians I ever saw wera General Patrick Con nor displayed a streak of hu nmnitarianism when he order ed his men attack and kill cvcij male Indian over 12 years of Reservation this was the word the Indians learned It was this word that caused of the Indians The whites wanted the Indians on the reserve the Indians didnt want lo A poignant lino referring to the landhungry which surely must touch even the hardest reads They made us many more than I can but they kept but one they promised lo take our and they look The impression is that the re serves were nothing more than huge where the Indians werent even allowed to move freely from one part of the re serve to Geronimo didnt like the re serve and he chose to go down into Mexico where he could move The reserves were important to the white man they wanted the Indians kept They wanted it so badly that they sent out 500 Indian scouts and thou sands of militia just to return Geronimo and 24 of his Indians to the The missionaries were also among other the word of Chief Joseph of the Ncz Perces ar gued with a No we do not want churches They will teach us to quarrel with Think about it For movie Little Big Man is mentioned in the His photo appeals on page Its not Dustin Hoffman by a long He also wasnt the character that Hoffman was in tlie It was Little Big Man and another Indian who held Crazy Horse by the arms while he was bayoneted in the back by a It was the massacre of 300 of Big Foots unarmed followers Wounded Knee Creek that gave this book its Its rather odd isnt that no great movie ever came from this victory over hostile In dians One of the fascinating as pects of the Indian culture is the names they give their peo They roll from the strike up visions in ones mind sometimes are just plain Names like Big Black Buffalo Catchthe ChiefComcsinS i g h Dull Hairy Kick ing Looking Morn ing OldManAIraidof His Sorrel Two Red Womans Atrocities attributed to the Indians are most of them being fabrications of the 1 t grab bing It is little wonder that they committed brutal murder against the white But can the whites cry barbarianism hard The whites are the ones who hung 28 Santee Sioux in a crowded public com mitting Americas greatest mass They are of Ilia same white race who cut off Mangus Colorados af ter scalping and then boil ed away the flesh from the head so they could sell the Tins is a great an hon est It is a blunt It will make you it will make you angry and The book is the best allout defence of the Indians ever Dee Brown is a bril liant writer and must surely be a scrupulous hav ing taken years to put the book If youre hang your head if youre hold your head high and for your story has finally been brilliantly GARRY Patterns to rival Picasso by Bryan Wilson A treat for archaeology enthusiasts The First American A Story of North American Archaeology by Ceram Harcourt Brace Jo 357 distributed by Longman Can ada CO successful has Ceram been in previous popularizations of it will not surprise readers that he has produced another pleas ing This one purports to deal with North American archaeology but concentrates largely on two regions of the United States and completely ignores Canada and There is so much of interest in what is covered that few read ers will Familiar as I am with much of the story of North American I discovered that there were gaps in my knowl Somehow I missed read ing about tlie stone towers in the Gallina Canyon in northern New Mexico even though it was published in 1944 in The Satur day Evening I had never before encountered tlie stop of the fake antediluvian giant known as the Cardiff ei Although the story of the last North American Stone Age may not be an ar chaeological it seems appropriate to end the book with This Is a very mov ing account of Ihe last survivor of the Yahi tribe whose terri tory was near Mill Creek in A mere handful o survivors of the genocide prac tised by white settlers in the 1880s lived secretively in 1911 Ishi appeared outside the town of Oroville nnd was taken into the custody of anthro pologists at Ihe University of Ceram is at his best in the handling of this Many of the myths that con tinue to inhabit tlie minds of people are commented upon by The notion that the making of arrowheads was a difficult and timeconsuming task has been shown to be quite They could and can easily and in a short Ceram also doesnt think much of the myth of the healthy life of primi Disease was rampant and life expectancy That earlier inhabitants of the con tinent were devout conserva tionists is also to be The likelihood is that their hunting resulting in mass is the explana tion for the extinction of many kinds of None of these things are meant to denigrate the Indian The total impact of this book is the evocation of pro found respect for Their accomplishments were remark In the realm of the development of maize is an astonishing Some of heir achievements in archi tecture and the crafts deserve high The organization required to build the mounds proliferating on the landscape from Wisconsin to the Gulf of Mexico and from Mississippi lo the Appalachians staggers the imagination the expen diture of labor went far beyond the Egyptian achievement in erecting the Ceram certainly cannot be accused of being scornful of the He doesnt have much for people today who cling to mythical notions the In One of his chapters is ti Wild Theories from Atlan tis to in which he briefly reviews some of the theories concerning the origins of the preColumbian inhabitants of North Tlie Mormons will be relieved to know their revelation on this subject only gets 18 In that space of tlie common error that the Mormons believe tlie ten lost tribes of Israel migrated to America is corrected but a new mistake j Ceram states that the mythical Nephites died out by 324 but the Book of Mormon gives the date as 421 The organization of the book is somewhat It is ar ranged roughly chronologically a c c o r d ing to archaeological study beginning with Thomas Jefferson in 1781 and ending with Loius Leakey in But part way through the book there is an interruption to dis cuss the nature of archaeology and the three methods of dat ing radiocarbon dendrochronology treering This attractive book has 45 pages of photographs some in color and numerous as well as 50 pages of biblio notes and It will delight archaeology DOUG Weak ideas on sex The Prisoner of Sex by Normaa Mailer Brown and Company 240 TVORMAN MAILER is a prisoner of He may even be the prisoner of sex but that would be difficult to assess among Hie multitudes who seem to have an obsession for that aspect of Not only is Norman Mailer a prisoner of he is also bound up by his That is the only explanation of why he would give over UK introduc tion of this book to the irrel evancy given the Ihcmc of the book of the minor that ho might lie the winner of a Nobel He was provoked into writ ing in answer to Kate a loading Womens Liberation In a book she Iws writ Henry Law rence and Norman Mailer are held up as exploiters of wom Mailer takes her to task for quoting out of Although he scores rather heavily on tlie quoting out of context he doesnt really come lo grips with the objec tion to reducing women to sexual He only seems to append the idea that men are sexual too which surely adds up to it depressing view of human Religious naturalists will be dismayed to find they have an ally in Norman He is opposed to contraceptive de vices because of a mystic view that teller specimens of peopla nro produced in sexual aban don There is no doubt that Nor man Mailer lias exceptional writing It shows up oven when dealing with such weak ideas as appear in this DOUG At least like senates COME of you may have in the a recent report that the Senate of the University of Calgary lias been look ing into tills business of academic and appears to have been somewhat less than enchanted with the Both Canadian Press and Canadian University Press carried this story it is a sort of manbitesdog thing when a university senate in this province has the audacity to cast an enquiring eye at anything affecting the It is to be that we will shbrtly start hearing the regular rumors from Edmonton that consideration is being given to the abolition of university Rumors to this effect come from time to time and are likely to be precipi tated by any evidence of senatorial acti particularly when it seems to concern matters that the fulltime members of the university community regard as their own special For that I suspect there would be quite a number of dry eyes among the administration and faculty of Alberta uni versities if the elimination of the university senates should come to This is not because of any particular malice or bias on the part of academics but simply a human reaction none of us like the idea that someone else can call us to and it is the university senate in this province that has the unique right to require an accounting of anyone officially connected with the while senates do not have authority to act on what they are able to discover about the university they have clear and direct channels to those who It is this curious property of a university senate that I believe could be of great significance to the entire system of educa tion in this although I must with a certain amount of that this has not proved to be the case as I cannot help believing that whatever hope there is for education in this it is little enough lies with our and especially with their I reason this Whether through wis Divine guidance or simple the architects of Albertas university sys tem saw a need for an agency while intimately connected with the university there was only one in those would still represent the public at Accord they devised the which is posed of a number of individuals who are employed fulltime by the rep resentatives of various universityconnect ed agencies and but with a majority of members from th gen eral To this body it gave a curious power to that re port on any matter from any faculty or school council and students council and any member of the academic staff of the university gentle is a very significant power properly could exert tremendous influence on the The universities in could per haps greatest single influence on the business of in this or any other Educational theory is de rived from university and ed ucational practice is the business of uni versitytrained it is my belief if the universities were to determine that there should be changes in the educational they would If would take of because of the enormous size of the system and the nature of but they would And that is why I believe university sen ates are Left to their own de as they have been up until uni versities are not likely to regard the ele mentary and high school systems as the major focus of their I think they and I know of no agency better equipped than the senate to persuade them to this point of How Quite simple just by persistently asking the Why isnt the education of thj young peo ple your most important consideration It will prove to be a remarkably hard question to The Voice Of One By FRANK MORIEY Atheism is a lifestyle MARXIST writers never weary of re peating that a Communist must be an atheist a Communist must be a material ist and and mate rialism are inseparably linked together as an unholy On the exact contrary the physicist Sir Arthur The stuff of the world is the stuff of the Such a statement demands the faith that God is Thus we have two lifestyles as different as day from This does not mean to say that all who believe in God are angels or all who deny Gods existence are Nor does it concur in the Communist claim that social conditions create the religion of a It means that one can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God by intellec tual or metaphysical Faith comes from personal experience and all argument for or against becomes irrele Also atheism fid faith in God cre ate their own peculiar lifestyles and de rive from their different There is a retroactive relationship between faith and Nietzsche We have kill ed We are Gods This only leads directly to Hitler and the JeanPaul who has had such pro found effect on this was boast fully atheistic and ended in complete des pair with a callous cynicism regarding This obscene and empty existence is bestowed upon him in Gabriel Marcel describes Sartres faith as A phil osophy of It is ironic that Marxism opposed religion as a useful ally of the despotic but Marxism has led to the most inhuman and bestial state of God must be denied in order that the Kingdom of God may come on declared the but the world has seen nothing more inhuman than the Communist In the West a technological age goes hand in hand with The death of God Thomas Altizer with his The Gospel of Christian John and Wil liam Hamilton led an assault on tradi tional Christian These men have pro found idealism but it is impossible not to see a relationship between the death of God theology and the porno drug and all that vast increase in the abnormal bestial ity of our In France and Germany atheist existentialism has deep roots and men like the tragic Albert Camus and the late Andrew Malraux have deeply pene trated the consciousness of Poor Malraux told friends one I see no other life for humanity than that offered by it is im possible for me to believe in It is significant that a play by the un tragic Thomas Hardy is about to be given on Most of Sunday on television is dedicated to the mindless stupidity of football games with not a sin gle service of high Tits words of the psalmist Psalms 14 and 53 are all too The fool halh said in his there is no They are they have done abominable there is none that doeth Note the words said in his not merely in his The fool to the Hebrew was not a Iliink er so much as foolish in Tun the psalmist is savins that fail bolh cre ates and reflects a certain life Changes are necessary The Great Falls Tribune HTHIS is not the frontier of a century ago when tlie nation believed it had an inexhaustible supply of natural re Forrest Anderson said in a statement submitted in Billings at a Senate Interior Subcommittee tearing on mining Another fallacy of a hundred years the governor was that tlie en vironment was capable of absorbing all the abuses attendant to the extraction of these Since our resources are not inexhaus Forbes magazine points out in similar the consumer is going to find himself paying more and more for less and less as time goes He is going lo have to pay the rising cost of cleaning up the pollution his consumption has and pay for having squandered for dec ades both physical and capital Imagine for having to pay 80 to 90 cents a gallon for Or sec ing the healing bill go as high as a At the same the price of elec tricity will In things may be so tight we will think twice about aircon ditioning the new and spend a lot of time barking at the kids to shut off the lights and keep the thermostat There may be very few of those big cars any because they cost so much to make and are so costly lo These are just a few of the more obvious changes that deterioration of Americas re source position could bring in Ihe next dec People mil start living closer to Ihe pinching dollars if not and making do with things a little Bicycles could become more than just a faddish form of Compact well as compact could become necessary to conserve raw In concludes to preserve the good life were probably going to have to change some of our ideas of what tho good life consists ;