Monday, August 16, 2010

A short story with a unique perspective

In his book War Dances Sherman Alexie tells a very short story called Looking Glass. His grandmother described her favorite babysitter on the Colville Indian Reservation - a kind, peaceful old man who used to sit in his rocking chair and braid her hair.

That old man was Chief Joseph, the legendary leader of the Nez Perce. Most know him from his surrender speech on October 5, 1877, ending with the famous words:

“From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

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