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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

remarkable notes, Dippie identifies everything and everyone Custer
mentions, from American politicians and visiting English lords down
to the bloodlines of Custer's horses and dogs.
Nomad provides an interesting look at Custer the sportsman, and
reminds us that personal memoirs must be used cautiously. But in the
last decade more than a dozen books about Custer have been pub-
lished. Accordingly, Nomad also indicates that the field of Custeriana
has not reached the saturation point.
Texas A&M University, Galveston JOSEPH G. DAWSON III
Nations Remembered. Edited by Theda Perdue. (Westport, Conn.:
Greenwood Press, 1980. Pp. xxiv+221. Preface, introduction,
illustrations, epilogue, bibliography, index. $23.95.)
During the 1930os the Works Progress Administration undertook an
extensive oral-interview program designed to capture and preserve
"Indian-Pioneer History" in Oklahoma prior to 1907. The completed
project filled 112 volumes, copies of which were placed at the Univer-
sity of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Historical Society. Having utilized
the collection for an earlier research project, Theda Perdue has now
gathered in Nations Remembered excerpted portions of numerous in-
terviews to provide an oral history of the Five Civilized Tribes be-
tween 1865 and 1907. Her selections are arranged into topical chapters
dealing with the Civil War and its aftermath, law and disorder among
the tribes, subsistence patterns of the Indians, entertainment forms,
the nature of cultural traditions, religious and educational perspec-
tives, economic developments, and the advent of allotment and state-
hood. The editor provides an introduction for each chapter, as well as
explanatory and reference notes for appropriate passages. In all, the
volume is designed to provide "a broad spectrum of perspectives, ex-
periences, attitudes, and life styles" (p. xxii) of Five Tribes Indians,
and to reveal how they lived on a day-to-day basis, viewed the social,
economic, and political changes affecting them, and remembered their
own history.
In meeting the objectives of the book, the editor has succeeded ad-
mirably. From the multitude of possibilities, the excerpts of interviews
are well chosen and present a dimension of Indian Territory life not
readily available elsewhere. Among other things, we learn recipes
for sofkay and sour cornbread, the importance of commercial fairs,
the persistence of cultural traditions despite the trauma of removal


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