Posted: Feb 24, 2020 9:30 pm
by crazyfitter
Just finished Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee. This is an in-depth account of the years 1860 to 1890 and as the blurb says - years of broken promises, disillusionment, war and massacre. I wouldn’t know where to start talking about it but I will mention a couple of things which resonate with me today.
At the start of each chapter Dee lists a few things that were happening in the world at the same time as this history to give a little context. I’ve always liked that in a history book and I learn that in January 1884 Russia abolished the Poll Tax, last relic of serfdom. If only Thatcher knew!

Also in the book Sitting Bull (he of Custer fame) joined Buffalo Bills Wild West Show in 1885 and toured American and Canadian cities. He gave most of his money away to the band of ragged hungry boys who would constantly surround him. He said he couldn’t understand how white men could be so unmindful of their own poor. ‘The white man knows how to make everything’ he said, ‘but he doesn’t know how to distribute it.’
He was invited to various ceremonies to give speeches which he did in his own language and received rapturous applause whenever he paused. What they didn’t know was that he had stood there and insulted everyone. ‘I hate all the white people’ he said ‘you are thieves and liars. You have taken away our land and made us outcasts’.
Got to like the man.