True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
Author: Ralph Helfer
Pubpsher: Harper Collins
Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. Modoc is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.
Release on 2010-09-01 | by Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
Author: Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
Pubpsher: ABDO Publishing Company
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations and photos teach readers about Modoc history, traditions, and modern life. This book describes society and family structure, hunting, fishing, and gathering methods, and ceremonies and rituals. Readers will learn about Modoc homes, clothing, and crafts such as basketry. A traditional myth is included, as is a description of famous Modoc leader Kintpuash. Wars, weapons, and contact with Europeans are discussed. Topics including European influence, the formation of reservations, and federal recognition are also addressed. In addition, modern Modoc culture and still-celebrated traditions are described. Modoc homelands are illustrated with a detailed map of the United States. Bold glossary terms and an index accompany engaging text. This book is written and illustrated by Native Americans, providing authentic perspectives of the Modoc.
Jefferson C Davis Riddle was the son of Frank and Tobey Riddle, both of whom played prominent roles in the Modoc War. After the war, his parents renamed him for the Army colonel who ended the war and toured the East Coast, lecturing on the conflict. This book chronicles this episode of Western history.
Cheewa James, a direct Modoc descendant, offers an explosive and personal story of her ancestry-a richly documented, non-fiction narrative with high-energy, fictionalized inserts. This book is the most comprehensive ever written about this remarkable tribe, covering Modoc history from ancestral times to the present. It includes rare photographs, both black & white and color, never before published. Were it not for Custer's Little Bighorn Battle, the Modoc War would probably be remembered as America's most significant Indian confrontation.
A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age
Author: Robert Aquinas McNally
Pubpsher: U of Nebraska Press
On a cold, rainy dawn in late November 1872, Lieutenant Frazier Boutelle and a Modoc Indian nicknamed Scarface Charley leveled firearms at each other. Their duel triggered a war that capped a decades-long genocidal attack that was emblematic of the United States’ conquest of Native America’s peoples and lands. Robert Aquinas McNally tells the wrenching story of the Modoc War of 1872–73, one of the nation’s costliest campaigns against North American Indigenous peoples, in which the army placed nearly one thousand soldiers in the field against some fifty-five Modoc fighters. Although little known today, the Modoc War dominated national headlines for an entire year. Fought in south-central Oregon and northeastern California, the war settled into a siege in the desolate Lava Beds and climaxed the decades-long effort to dispossess and destroy the Modocs. The war did not end with the last shot fired, however. For the first and only time in U.S. history, Native fighters were tried and hanged for war crimes. The surviving Modocs were packed into cattle cars and shipped from Fort Klamath to the corrupt, disease-ridden Quapaw reservation in Oklahoma, where they found peace even more lethal than war. The Modoc War tells the forgotten story of a violent and bloody Gilded Age campaign at a time when the federal government boasted officially of a “peace policy” toward Indigenous nations. This compelling history illuminates a dark corner in our country’s past.
This is an excellent brief narrative of the military campaign during the war between the Modoc Indians of Northern California and Southern Oregon and units of the U.S. Army during 1872 & 1873. The author provides a high level of detail on the troop movements, units, and soldiers involved. The text is complemented by a number of appendices, and excellent set of maps, and a number of photographs.