By Washington Irving
In 1832, Washington Irving, lately again from seventeen years’ place of dwelling overseas and desirous to discover his personal nation, launched into an day trip to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A travel at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from fortress Gibson to the pass Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, keeping its unique freshness, vigour, and vividness to at the present time.
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Additional resources for A Tour on the Prairies (Western Frontier Library)
Anecdotes of the Delawares and their Superstitions. Pawnee Stories. Symptoms of Change of Weather, and Change of Humors. A Frightened Horse. Cross Timber. A Wild Horse. 111 XX The Camp of the Wild Horse. A Wild Spirit Tamed. "Buffalo! 123 XXII The Alarm Camp. Change of Route. Fall of a Buffalo Bull. 141 XXV Ringing the Wild Horse. Wild Horse. Scruples Respecting the Dead. Magic Balls. A Buffalo Hunt. A Wolf Serenade. 180 Page xii XXXI A Hunt for a Lost Comrade. 184 XXXII A Republic of Prairie Dogs.
Taciturn he found the Indians "when in company of white men, whose good-will they distrust, and whose language they do not understand," and so would the white man be, he said, under like circumstances. But among themselves, "there cannot be greater gossips. Half their time is taken up in talking over their adventures in war and hunting, and in telling whimsical stories. They are great mimics and buffoons, also, and entertain themselves excessively at the expense of the whites with whom they have associated, and who have supposed them impressed with profound respect for their grandeur and dignity.
They jumped at the chance, and by early September, Irving, instead of being on his way home, was in the river port of Cincinnati, preparing to go west. Yet if the specific trip was the result of accidental meet- Page xiv ings, Irving's decision to see America, to reacquaint himself with it, and to write of it, was also a natural result of the situation in which he found himself upon his return from Europe. He was forty-nine years old, and when he arrived in New York in May, 1832, he had been absent from his native country for the past seventeen years.
A Tour on the Prairies (Western Frontier Library) by Washington Irving