Cheyenne Memories

Second Edition

John Stands In Timber and Margot Liberty; With the assistance of Robert M. Utley

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January 21, 1998
368 pages, 5 x 8
30 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300073003
Paper

This classic work is an oral history of the Cheyenne Indians from legendary times to the early reservation years, a collaborative effort by the Cheyenne tribal historian, John Stands in Timber, and anthropologist Margot Liberty. Published in 1967, the book now has an updated bibliography and a new preface by Liberty, in which she shares her recollections of Stands in Timber and describes the circumstances of the Cheyenne over the past thirty years.

Stands in Timber was born in 1882, a few years after his grandfather was killed in the Custer battle. In this book he recounts tribal myths and sacred rituals, conflict with traditional enemies and whites, and  eventual “civilization” and settlement on a reservation. The retelling of Cheyenne traditions formed an important part of Stands in Timber’s life from early childhood, and on his return from school in 1905 he became the primary keeper of the oral literature of his people, seeking out every elder who could contribute personal memories to Cheyenne lore. In 1956 he met Margot Liberty, then an Indian Affairs  Bureau teacher, who helped him tape-record more than thirty hours of recollections. From these she compiled this unique and lively folk history, one based on a longtime inside view that can never be duplicated.

“This is an extraordinarily fascinating book,  . . . a book that all Americans, Indians as well as non-Indians, will treasure.”—Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.

Margot Liberty is an anthropologist specializing in cowboy and Indian cultures of the northern Great Plains.

"This is an extraordinarily fascinating book, . . . a book that all Americans, Indians as well as non-Indians, will treasure."—Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.

"[A] touching and intensely human oral history. . . . Both a marvellous piece of literature and an astonishing feat of historianship."—Kenneth Wright, The Herald (Glasgow)



"This particular piece of oral history remains a classic for those of us interested in the impact on the Native American by the incursion of the Anglo-American and Hispanic-American into the western frontier. Stands in Timber’s memories of beginnings of his tribe are the stories that set the Cheyenne apart from other tribes of the region. His recollections of the tribe’s rituals, the tribe’s political organization, and the tribe’s particular view of history makes this slender volume a niche component of the western historians’ libraries."—Henry H. Goldman, H-Net Reviews

“This important volume represents the oral history of the Cheyenne tribe from prehistoric times to the early reservation years. . . . [Stands In Timber] implores his readers to learn all they can about a forgotten people who are part of our national story.”—Colonial Latin American Historical Review







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This classic work is an oral history of the Cheyenne Indians from legendary times to the early reservation years, a collaborative effort by the Cheyenne tribal historian, John Stands in Timber, and anthropologist Margot Liberty. Published in 1967, the book now has an updated bibliography and a new preface by Liberty, in which she shares her recollections of Stands in Timber and describes the circumstances of the Cheyenne over the past thirty years.


Stands in Timber was born in 1882, a few years after his grandfather was killed in the Custer battle. In this book he recounts tribal myths and sacred rituals, conflict with traditional enemies and whites, and eventual “civilization” and settlement on a reservation. The retelling of Cheyenne traditions formed an important part of Stands in Timber’s life from early childhood, and on his return from school in 1905 he became the primary keeper of the oral literature of his people, seeking out every elder who could contribute personal memories to Cheyenne lore. In 1956 he met Margot Liberty, then an Indian Affairs Bureau teacher, who helped him tape-record more than thirty hours of recollections. From these she compiled this unique and lively folk history, one based on a longtime inside view that can never be duplicated.


“This is an extraordinarily fascinating book, . . . a book that all Americans, Indians as well as non-Indians, will treasure.”--Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.



Margot Liberty is an anthropologist specializing in cowboy and Indian cultures of the northern Great Plains.



"Cheyenne Memories opens delightful vistas on history from the Indian view-point. Structured imaginatively to blend Cheyenne tribal lore and history, it yields fascinating content on Indian law, miracles, tribal societies, cultural conflict, martial exploits, and Cheyenne icons."—American Historical Review
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