The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970

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planned. To other professors of English-the author being an English
professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara-it may seem
a beautifully written personal document, composed in an imaginative
way. To more ordinary readers it may constitute shared nostalgia,
because many Americans, though their heritage is very different from
this Kiowa Indian's, also share a fierce pride in their family's origins
and ethnic history. To social scientists, The Way to Rainy Mountain
may represent something still different, a document of the assimilated
Indian, the man who has lost all of his past except his feeling for it,
which may be to say he has lost little.
The book is loosely braided together with three strands, the legend-
ary, the historical, and the author's recollections of the past and
observations made while retracing the Kiowa's supposed migration
route. The legends, retold with refreshing conciseness, will be fa-
miliar to anthropologists. The historical portion is weak in that the
author relies on oral tribal tradition which is notoriously inaccurate,
and he has apparently not consulted any of the recent literature rela-
tive to Kiowa ethnohistory. The third personal strand reveals a man
sensitive to his people's past and to a demanding land. The book is
embellished with illustrations by Al Momaday, well known Kiowa
painter and father of its author.
Texas Memorial Museum W. W. NEWCOMB, JR.
The Geronimo Campaign. By Odie B. Faulk. (New York: Oxford
University Press, 1969. Pp. ix+245. Illustrations, bibliography,
index. $6.oo.)
With the exception of the Custer massacre few incidents in Indian-
white relations have attracted as much attention as the Geronimo
campaign of the mid-188o's. There is an aura of romance surrounding
the Apache leader whose tiny band defied thousands of soldiers before
deciding to surrender. It involved strong personalities as well as im-
portant questions regarding federal relations with the American In-
dians, and due to the relationship of events to military careers, the
conflict continued verbally long after the last shot was fired.
The story related by Odie Faulk is well known. Following a brief
description of the history of the Apache problem and the causes of
the outbreak, Faulk concentrates on the campaign of 1885-1886 and
the subsequent imprisonment of the hostiles and their peaceful tribes-


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