A Cheyenne Voice
The Complete John Stands in Timber Interviews
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
A Cheyenne Voice contains the complete transcribed interviews conducted by anthropologist Margot Liberty with Northern Cheyenne elder John Stands In Timber (1882–1967). Recorded by Liberty in 1956–1959 when she was a schoolteacher on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana, the interviews were the basis of the well-known 1967 book Cheyenne Memories. While that volume is a noteworthy edited version of the interviews, this volume presents them word for word, in their entirety, for the first time. Along with memorable candid photographs, it also features a unique set of maps depicting movements by soldiers and warriors at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Drawn by Stands In Timber himself, they are reproduced here in full color.
The diverse topics that Stands In Timber addresses range from traditional stories to historical events, including the battles of Sand Creek, Rosebud, and Wounded Knee. Replete with absorbing, and sometimes even humorous, details about Cheyenne tradition, warfare, ceremony, interpersonal relations, and everyday life, the interviews enliven and enrich our understanding of the Cheyenne people and their distinct history.
“A Cheyenne Voice is the most vital cache of raw data to appear in a generation dealing with an American Indian tribe of such renown. John Stands In Timber’s insights into Cheyenne history and culture reflect the very soul of the man, and Margot Liberty’s interviews with him have become our treasure.”—Jerome A. Greene, author of Morning Star Dawn: The Powder River Expedition and the Northern Cheyennes, 1876, and Washita: The U.S. Army and the Southern Cheyennes, 1867–1869