GRIFFIS, Joseph K.
Tahan. Out of Savagery into Civilization
NY, George H. Doran, (1915). Inscribed by the author. An autobiographical conversion tale: from Indian warrior to Presbyterian minister. The author's mother was Osage; his father a trapper; and he was raised by Kiowas after being captured during a raid. Griffis grew up as an Indian during the most volatile period of Indian-white relations in American history; he was captured a second time by George Armstrong Custer during the battle of the Washita in 1868. The inscription reads: To Me Pal [Tal?] Ruth, from [on behalf of] Henry/ Redpath, Chautauqua circuit, July 2nd, 1915/ Chief Tahan." 1915 was the height of the "circuit Chautauqua," with some 12,000 communities hosting Chautauquas, with lecturers and performers hired by Chautauqua agencies, and foremost among these was the Redpath Agency in Iowa. Introduction by the famous Seneca archaeologist, Arthur C. Parker. Fading to the spine cloth, black line on the rear board, rubbing to the edges and joints; a very good copy, without dust jacket. An early memoir by a writer of Native American descent, seldom encountered signed. [#032899] $450
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