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Hearing the hoofbeats of 20 horses entering the yard at the front of her house, Mattea pulled the lead rope, releasing the cow she was milking and ran into the house to find five Sioux braves wearing war paint sitting at her table, smoking her husband's tobacco from the humidor on the mantle.
Mattea repressed her anger and shock. 'Cinder Horse, why have you come to my home? And coming in without being invited.'
'Fire Hair' he responded, blowing out a large smoke ring as he stood beside the table, 'we are here to give you your life. A war has started and today, this land is going to be washed clean with the blood of the whites, and they will be swept away by the people.'
'Remember,' he commanded in a stern voice, 'do not go near the lodges of the settlement! Do not go near the Post Road and do not give an alarm or you and your children will die.'
He prodded her with the tip of his war lance. 'Go! Go to your mother!'
In the days that followed, 677 unsuspecting settlers and 77 army troops were killed in western Minnesota during the Sioux uprising of 1862.
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By big ox on 04-26-16
Well done historical novella.
If you are in the mood for a shorter book, but still want adventure, then this is the book for you. A fictional story based on a true story that depicts the life of a young woman caught in the chaos of the Sioux uprising.
I enjoyed listening to this book. My only draw back was the voice of the young Mattea in the first part of book was little irritating to me, but that is a personal preference.
By Alex on 04-21-16
The Indian Massacre of 1865
Would you consider the audio edition of Fire Hair to be better than the print version?
I enjoyed listening to this story on my commute. It made the time pass quickly as I got caught up in the drama of the story.
What does Scott Sutherland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He had a village of voices at his disposal making each character unique. I always knew who was speaking and identified with every character. I could visualize the story in my head like I was watching a movie.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It brought the plight of the native Indians to the forefront and showed how they were treated so poorly as the white man stole their land and way of life. Such a sad state of affairs in the history of America.