Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kent Nerburn
Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, North America
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: June 2018
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation-the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon to Montana. There, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, handed his rifle to the U.S. military commander who had been pursuing them, and spoke his now-famous words, 'From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.'

Drawing on four years of research, interviews, and 20,000 miles of travel, Nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives' unlikely welcome in Bismarck, North Dakota, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of Joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland.

Author Details

Author Details

Nerburn, Kent

A two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Kent Nerburn is the author of numerous books on spirituality and Native themes, including Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce (featured on the History Channel), Neither Wolf nor Dog, and Voices in the Stones. He lives in Portland, Oregon.