THE ARAPAHO WAY by Althea Bass


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This is actually the memoir of Carl Sweezy, a full-blooded Arapaho, born in 1881, who can remember the transitional period when his people were forced to change from following the ""buffalo road"" to following the ""corn road."" There is a certain amount of historic interest in these reminiscences as he describes the old ways in detail: the setting up and striking of the tipi (woman's work), the hunt, ceremonies, religious rites, festivals, the art of making bows and arrows and the practice of medicine. His account of life under the White Man's ways is curiously unsatisfactory, perhaps because Mr. Sweezy exhibits as much reaction or feeling as a tape recorder. There are moments however, like the astonishment of the Indians at discovering that the White Man cut up ice in the winter and stored it for use in the summer. On the whole the book's appeal is limited to a very special audience.

Publisher: Crown-Clarkson Potter