The Heartsong of Charging Elk

The Heartsong of Charging Elk

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A witness to the battle of Little Big Horn as a child, Charging Elk, an Oglala Sioux, is recruited by Buffalo Bill Cody to join his Wild West show, which creates a sensation in the capital cities of Europe, until he is left behind--because of illness and a bureaucractic mix-up--in the strange, unfamiliar world of Marseille. By the author of Fools Crow.

Blackwell North Amer
Inspired by actual historical fact, James Welch's The Heartsong of Charging Elk tells the story of an Oglala Sioux who travels the extraordinary geographical and cultural distance from tribal life in the Black Hills of South Dakota to existence on the streets of Marseille. As a young boy, Charging Elk witnessed his people's massacre of Custer's Seventh Cavalry at Little Big Horn, followed by years of futile fighting and wandering until the Sioux were finally lured to the Pine Ridge reservation. But he prefers life in the Stronghold, living by his wits and skills in the old way.
Ironically, it is Charging Elk's horsemanship and independent air that cause Buffalo Bill to recruit him for his Wild West Show, which travels across "the big water" to create a sensation in the capitals of Europe. Charging Elk and his Sioux companions are living a life touched by fame and marked by previously unthinkable experiences - until he falls ill in Marseille and, through a bureaucratic mix-up, is left behind in a hospital while the show travels on. Scared, disoriented, Charging Elk escapes - only to fall into a series of events, including a love affair with a prostitute and a shocking murder, that will change his life utterly beyond his imagination.

Baker
& Taylor

Charging Elk, an Oglala Sioux, is recruited by Buffalo Bill Cody to join his Wild West show, which creates a sensation in Europe, until he is left behind--because of illness and a bureaucratic mix-up--in the unfamiliar world of Marseilles.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385496742
0385496745
Characteristics: 440 p. ; 25 cm.

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Jul 14, 2015

One of my favorites.

multcolib_susannel Jul 13, 2015

Mistaken for dead, and abandoned in Paris, ex member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show Olgala Souix Charging Elk, tries to survive in his new home, while desperately trying not to forget his old one.

multcolib_susannel Jul 13, 2015

After mistaken for dead, and abandoned in Paris, ex member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show trys to survive in his new home, while desperately trying not to forget his old one.

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