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The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices

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In the dawn of November 29, 1864, a Colorado militia unit attacked a peaceful encampment of Cheyennes by Sand Creek in southeast Colorado Territory and murdered almost two hundred men, women, and children. In The Massacre at Sand Creek, Bruce Cutler retells, in a powerful narrative, the events surrounding this atrocity. We hear the voices of the white participants, such as ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 1995)
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John Sheahan
Sep 01, 2014 John Sheahan rated it it was amazing

I originally bought the book because I wanted to know about the Narrative Voices in the title. Here was a brutal subject but also the promise of something more than simple brutality. I am reminded of Wilfred Owen’s poetry from WWI, of his struggle as a man who trained for the clergy who wanted to be a great poet, who also fought like a demon in the maelstrom of the Western Front. How can the Horror be communicated through the language and construction of poetry? I wanted to see how Bruce Cutler
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Apr 07, 2009 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it
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Years ago I first heard about the 1865 massacre at Sand Creek as a reference in a children's book, and I had to know more. I then read Irving Werstein's The Massacre at Sand Creek, which was an excellent retelling of the terrible events. Bruce Cutler's series of poems about the massacre add yet another element to the story, an emotional one. The narrative alternates between poems written as letters from Silas Soule, the one who refused to order his men to participate in the bloodbath, third pers ...more
Carol E.
Jun 15, 2012 Carol E. rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent and a terrible book. Sand Creek Massacre is one of the many incidents in which atrocities were perpetrated against people who believed they were being protected and were living in peace under a recent treaty. Double-crossed once again, the Indians were slaughtered by the white soldiers who had promised to protect them (while the elder in charge waved a white flag of peace). The maniacal colonel in charge was a former and future Methodist minister (ouch).

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Steve Wehling
Feb 15, 2008 Steve Wehling rated it it was amazing
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I wrote my college thesis on the Sand Creek Massacre, and this book was a primary source. It is a comprehensive look at the political climate and frontier mentality that allowed it to happen. I found, and continue to see, unfortunate parallels between these events and current events.
Kathy
Feb 11, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it
Opens up a huge space for alternative treatments of historical events. The Attack and the sections on Soule and Chivington are devastating.
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