Unformatted text preview: human time, it seems, the Comanche’s, like their cousins the Tatars and the Cossacks and the Huns, had been awaiting the barbaric wholeness the horse was to give them” ( Goodbye to a River page 18). These Indians seem to be a lot different than what you learn about in elementary school. In school, you learn about hunter-gathers and wigwams. In Goodbye to a River you learn about how these hunter gathers would raid settler’s wagons and take all of their goods back to the wigwam. Our teachers also taught us that they hunted buffalo and built long houses for all of their family to live in. What our teachers didn’t tell us, while we were making the feather hats out of construction paper, is that these same Native Americans would torture and scalp people. As Graves floats further down the river in his canoe, he starts to reminisce more on how the Comanche’s interacted with “His people.”...
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- Fall '08
- History, Native Americans in the United States, Comanche, Comanche Indians, John Graves, strayed Spanish stock