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A historical fact is a fact about the past. It basically answers question, "What happened?" But it doesn’t just put events in chronological order. John Graves seems to be a master at recalling historical facts, especially about the Comanche Indians. He seems to have a bit of hostility towards this particular group of Indians. On several accounts he refers to the Comanche’s as “The People”, and he refers to white people as “My People.” He first talks about the Indians being nomadic and interacting with the Spaniards. “The Comanche’s were squat pedestrians, incapable on the wide grass, until probably the early 1600’s, when they began to learn to use the strayed Spanish stock for something other than barbecues” ( Goodbye to a River page 18). These stray horses were like gifts that the Spanish did not actually mean to give the Comanche’s. The horses made the Comanche’s even stronger and more feared than they already were. According to Graves, “During all
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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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