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Great Speeches by Native Americans

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Remarkable for their eloquence, depth of feeling, and oratorical mastery, these 82 compelling speeches encompass five centuries of Indian encounters with nonindigenous people. Beginning with a 1540 refusal by a Timucua chief to parley with Hernando de Soto ("With such a people I want no peace"), the collection extends to the 20th-century address of activist Russell Means t ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published June 20th 2000 by Dover Publications
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My husband asked me why after I told him that this book was taking me longer than usual. "Is it because there is no narrative with it all just being random speeches?" "No, that's not actually it because there IS a narrative. I don't know much about Native American history, but I know the general arc of it and all these speeches - see, I just can't read for hours, I can't read speech after speech because it's just so SAD. They try, they're optimistic, they're angry, they plead, they bargain, they ...more
I don't believe the importance of this collection of speeches can be overstated. It covers nearly 500 years of the history of Native American relations with first the colonizers then the US government. It is arranged chronologically which lends to an understanding of how interactions between the groups changed, tragically for the worse.

What this collection also gives voice to is the wide variety of attitudes held by the various speakers. It belies the notion of some universally agreed upon respo
Staci Wigton
Such a great way to see how colonialist, european, and american relations change with the natives from the initial contact stages all the way to the manifest destiny and westward expansion into the indian lands. Definitely a good primary source to understand the native's side in American history and crucial events and wars. Not always a perfect source though when you think about the difficult translations from the native tongue to English, however, certain speeches can offer a new perspective in ...more
The selections are great; I simply wish there was more context given. Still a great resource, and Dover Thrift is always at the right price.
Wow. One of the most painful things I've ever read. Important though. Every American should look this stuff in the face.
The Native Americans had a great tradition of oratory, regardless of the individual tribe, and a sample selection spanning four hundred years of interaction with white settlers and colonialists is presented here. Notable Native Americans such as Sagoyewatha, Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, and Tecumseh are among the voices that speak of four hundred years of aggression, broken promises, and continual encroachment by the overwhelming tide of European and American influence. Twentieth century selectio ...more
An excellent survey of speeches covering five hundred years, from a Timucua chief's parley with Hernando de Soto in 1540 and finishing with a Six Nations Iroquois spokesperson’s discussion from 1991 on Native American sovereignty and land ownership in America from the arrival of settlers. Moving, poignant, direct, highly informative, full of natural metaphors, vivid descriptions and skilful oratory, and often downright shocking and disturbing. Books like this should be a must-read for high schoo ...more
Kristal Cooper
For a short-ish book, this one takes a long time to consume. Every speech is chock-full of substance -- prose and poetry, history and philosophy, logic and emotion -- that you'll need to read slowly and really savor. Maybe it's better if you aim to read one a day, just as long as you do READ IT!
In the Liberal Arts and Science Exam I had to take this spring was a speech of an Native American chief from an early century just after the first Europeans had arrived in the Americas that got me interested in reading this book.
Elizabeth Means
This was the last of the four books that I had to read last year for a English literature class when I went back to school for my highy school diploma before I was the one that I actually love the most.
All of these speeches are about genocide. I think all of the orators recognize that they and their people live with a memory of an irretrievable past.
Dawn Wells
Voice gives life. Life is filled with emotions. Realism. Happiness. Sadness. And all things In between.
The title says it all.
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Bob Blaisdell is a published adapter, author, editor, and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books. He teaches English in Brooklyn at Kingsborough Community College. He is a reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor and the editor of more than three dozen anthologies for Dover Publications. Email him at
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