The Story of the Indian.
An Upper-Class Brooklyn native who became a Plains Indians expert
Anthropologist and conservationist Grinnell’s ethnographical observations upon the native American Plains culture. ANB: “Becoming increasingly interested in Plains Indians, [Grinnell] made summer trips to reservations and patiently recorded Native American history and culture. In 1895 President Grover Cleveland, aware of Grinnell’s knowledge of Native American customs, had sent him as a special commissioner to help obtain a treaty with the Blackfoot and Fort Belknap Indians. Later, as President Roosevelt’s personal emissary, he negotiated a land controversy on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.”
An interesting sidelight, in the early 1870s Grinnell’s romance with the American West began with his interactions with William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Pawnee Indian scouts leader, Frank J. North. Further, in 1874, as a young naturalist, Grinnell traveled with George Armstrong Custer, on a reconnaissance mission to the Black Hills of the Dakotas. The present work was published a little over twenty years later from the latter event.
Description: The Story of the Indian.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1896. 270p. First English Edition. Publisher’s dark blue gilt-lettered cloth; top-edge gilt. Illustrated with plates taken from original photographs. Trifle binding wear at extremities; a very good copy.