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Haile, Father Berard, O.F.M., WATERWAY: A NAVAJO CEREMONIAL MYTH TOLD BY BLACK MUSTACE CIRCLE. Museum of Northern Arizona Press, 1979; American Tribal Religions, Volume Five., New, unopened. PAPERBACK. Out of print. Text in both English and Navajo. Illustrations, page-end notes, appendix, bibliography. 152 pp. OUT OF PRINT.

$15.00


Lindig, Wolfgang, NAVAJO: Tradition and Change in the Southwest. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Facts on File). 240 pages.
~~~ In Navajo, author Wolfgang Lindig and photographer Helga Teiwes chronicle the historical, cultural, and societal progress of the largest group of Native Americans in the United States. More than 150 photographs vividly and poignantly capture the duality everywhere apparent in the Navajo world. Together, the words and images tell the story of a nation within a nation, its citizens striving to maintain cultural continuity while adapting to life amid the constant flux of the modern world.
~~~ Currently in print at $45.00.

$35.00









Neihardt, John G., LIFE'S LURE. University of Nebraska Press, 1991. Originally published in 1914 by Mitchell Kennerley, New York., New, unopened. In maroon boards w/o dj as issued. 5.5"x 8.25" A novel of prospectors, card sharps & desperados in the Black Hills gold rush. 277 pp. (Currently in print at $45).

$35.00

Neihardt, John G., MAN-SONG. University of Nebraska Press, 1991. Originally published in 1909 by Mitchell Kennerley., New, unopened. 1st edition thus. Red boards w/o dj as issued. 5.5"x 8.25". 117 pp. The only edition of these early Neihardt poems besides the original. Love poems to both women and men, written during the poet's twenties. The frontispiece is a photo graph of a bas-relief, executed by his wife, Mona Martinsen, of a nearly nude Neihardt (proto-Charles Atlas) beside a nude woman, which appeared on the cover of the 1909 volume. (In print at $40).

$28.00

Neihardt, John G., LYRIC AND DRAMATIC POEMS, University of Nebraska Press, 1991, reprinted from the 1926 edition of COLLECTED POEMS., New, unopened. 1st edition thus. Tan boards w/o dj as issued. 239 pp.

$30.00

Neihardt, John G., THE END OF THE DREAM & OTHER STORIES. University of Nebraska Press, 1991., New, unopened. 1st Edition. 8.25"x 5.25". Pictorial dj over dark blue boards. Nine stories originally published between 1901 & 1905 in periodicals, here collected for the first time by Hilda Neihardt Petri. Introduction by Jay Fultz. 115 pp. "...the stories of John Neihardt deserve to be better known. Their flesh-and-blood Indians were practically unprecedented in an era when the fiends of dime novels & idealizations of Cooper were still the literary norm. Owing much to young Neihardt's intimate association with the Omahas at their reservation in eastern Nebraska, the stories were of an Indain cast that perplexed the critics. They were often overlooked as the yars brought laurels to the author of A CYCLE OF THE WEST and BLACK ELK SPEAKS. A closer look at them reveals that Neihardt was a disciplined artist from the very beginning." (Currently in print at $19.95)

$15.00








[Oakley] Larry McMurtry, THE COLONEL AND LITTLE MISSIE: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Simon & Schuster). 245 pages.
~~ In this sweeping dual biography, McMurtry explores the lives, the legends, and above all the truth about two larger-than-life American figures: Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley.

$26.00



Papanikolas, Zeese, TRICKSTER IN THE LAND OF DREAMS. University of Nebraska Press, 1995., New copy, direct from publisher, hardcover, but LACKING DUST JACKET. Notes, appendices, index, 184 pages.
~~ From the publisher: "Zeese Papanikolas forges seemingly disparate events and movements in western history—including some of its strangest and most exotic strains—into a coherent whole by examining them against the laughter and wisdom of Shoshonean trickster tales. Seen against these tales, the West becomes both a canvas for the projection of utopian dreams and the site of their shattered remains. Papanikolas undertakes a dramatic retelling of Shoshoni creation stories and examines, along with other topics, the mythologies embedded in the “Dream Mine” of Mormon folklore, the heroic images of cowboys and Wobblies, the MX missile, the dark side of Oz, and the Las Vegas of tourists, dam builders, and gamblers."
~~ “A treatise on how we seek solace in the arms of illusion and come away empty and confused. Partisan, painful, provocative, funny, sad, brilliant commentary.” -— Salt Lake Tribune.
~~ “An intellectual delight.” -— Western American Literature.
~~ “A brilliantly crafted eye-opener of a book that points to some of the most important errors in history that have cast a shadow on the concept of the American dream since the first encounters between tribal nations and the colonizers.” -— Southwestern American Literature.
~~ “Exceptional, an important ‘crossover’ book for western studies. . . . It is one of the first fine cultural studies texts in western history.”— Western Historical Quarterly.

$20.00

Parks, Douglas R., MYTHS AND TRADITIONS OF THE ARIKARA INDIANS. University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, Second Printing, 1998. One of the Sources of American Indian Oral Literature series. NEW copy. PAPERBACK. Maps, illustrations, Sound Key, Other Symbols and Conventions, Concordance, Bibliography, Index, 405 pages.
~~ From the Publisher: "When trappers and fur traders first encountered the Arikara Indians, they saw a settled and well-organized people who could be firm friends or fearsome enemies. Until the late eighteenth century the Arikaras, close relatives of the Pawnees, were one of the largest and most powerful tribes on the northern plains. For centuries Arikaras lived along the middle Missouri River. Today, they reside on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Though much has been written about the Arikaras, their own accounts of themselves and the world as they see it have been available only in limited scholarly editions. This collection is the first to make Arikara myths, tales, and stories widely accessible. The book presents voices of the Arikara past closely translated into idiomatic English. The narratives include myths of ancient times, legends of supernatural power bestowed on selected individuals, historical accounts, and anecdotes of mysterious incidents. Also included in the collection are tales, stories the Arikaras consider fiction, that tell of the adventures and foibles of Coyote, Stuwi, and a host of other characters. Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians offers a selection of narratives from Douglas R. Parks's four-volume work, Traditional Narratives of the Arikara Indians. The introduction situates the Arikaras in historical context, describes the recording and translation of the narratives, and discusses the distinctive features of the narratives. For each story, cross references are given to variant forms recorded among other Plains tribes."

$18.00

Phares, Ross, TEXAS TRADITION. VG/VG. Some rubbing to jacket; spine mildly sunned. (Gretna: Pelican Publishing, 1975). Second Printing (1st printing in 1954). Illustrations, notes, index, 239 pages.
~~~ Next to hardiness of muscle and constitution, the frontiersmen took pride in their ready marksmanship. According to the old-timers, the Texas gunmen were the most accurate and the quickest on the draw of any trigger artists who ever exploded gunpowder. ~~~ "One of the most talked-of shots in Texas was in San Antonio-- Ben Thompson's shooting of Jack Harris through the heart when Ben could not even see him. He knew that Harris was behind a door. Ben fired the fatal bullet onto a wall; it ricocheted into his target. This doubtless would have been regarded entirely as a fluke if anyone else had been shooting; but this was not the first man Thompson had killed at a time he could not see his opponent. In Austin, a bartender took a shot at Ben and ducked behind the bar. Ben quickly calculated the position of his attacker and sent a bullet through the wood panel squarely into the bartender's head."
~~~ Hardcover OUT OF PRINT. Paperback currently in print at $16.95.

$30.00






Corbett, Christopher, ORPHANS PREFERRED: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Broadway Books, 2003). Illustrated, bibliography, 271 pages.
~~~ One of the most celebrated and enduring chapters in U.S. history, the Pony Express exemplified the traits of bravery, bravado, and entrepreneurial risk that formed the fabric of the Old West. No image is more beloved or more powerful than that of the lone rider galloping the mail across hostile Indian territory. No image is more revered and less understood. Although rooted in actual events, the saga of "the Pony" has been embellished in everything from Mark Twain's Roughing It and dime novels to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and John Ford's films. Here is both the real story of this ill-fated adventure and an entertaining look at the larger-than-life characters who created and perpetuated the myth.
~~~ This edition originally published at $23.95, now OUT OF PRINT. Large print edition currently in print at $29.95.

$25.00

Greene, A.C., 900 MILES ON THE BUTTERFIELD TRAIL. UNT Press., NEW, still in shrinkwrap. Maps, 294 pp. "Mail carriers whose route covered the Weest in the 19th century had to avoid Indian ambushes, lynch mobs, raging torrents, and roads that were little more than ruts. The story of the Butterfield Overland Mail is one of the great sagas of America's westward expansion, full of exciting drama as well as genuine significance."

$30.00



Roosevelt, Theodore, THE WINNING OF THE WEST . The Daniel Boone Edition, one of only 200 numbered sets, with tipped-in original manuscript page by author. In four volumes.
~~~ The earliest explorations west of the Mississippi are covered in Volume Four: Louisiana and the Northwest, 1791-1807 (363 pages).



$9950.00

Ridington, Robin and Dennis Hastings, BLESSING FOR A LONG TIME: The Sacred Pole of the Omaha Tribe. University of Nebraska Press, 1997. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Photographs, bibliography, index, 130 pages. ~~ For centuries the life of the Omaha people has centered around their Umon’hon’ti (Venerable Man), a sacred pole. Then, feeling the pressure to assimilate and adopt Christianity, in 1888 the Omaha surrendered the pole to Harvard’s Peabody Museum, where it remained for the next century. . . . This account demonstrates the complexities involved in the return of a sacred object to an Indian community. An important addition to anthropology.” —Library Journal. Robin Ridington and Dennis Hastings ingeniously adopt the conventions of Omaha oral narratives to tell the story and convey the significance of the Sacred Pole. Portions of classic anthropological texts (particularly Fletcher and La Flesche’s The Omaha Tribe), Omaha narratives, and other historical and contemporary accounts are repeated—each time in a different, more enlightening context—in a circle of stories seamlessly woven around Umon’hon’ti. The result is an innovative account that effortlessly glides between past and present. This unique blend of Omaha poetics, ethnography, and ethnohistory is a significant contribution to our understanding of the religious life of Native Americans. . Currently in print at $65.

$55.00

Ruiz, Ramon Eduardo, TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDY: A HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN PEOPLE. W.W. Norton & Company, 1992. NF/NF. Bibliography, index, 512 pages.

$35.00

Secoy, Frank Raymond, CHANGING MILITARY PATTERNS OF THE GREAT PLAINS INDIANS: 17TH CENTURY THROUGH EARLY 19TH CENTURY. University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1992. Originally published in 1953 as Monograph 21 of the American Ethnological Society., NEW copy. PAPERBACK. Introduction, page-end notes, appendix, bibliography. 112 pp. "...an historical study covering not only tribal changes, conflicts & movements, but also the effect of horse & gun on the balance of power & on the fur trade..."

$15.00


Settle, Raymond W., editor, THE MARCH OF THE MOUNTED RIFLEMEN, 1ST MILITARY EXPEDITION TO TRAVEL THE FULL LENGTH OF THE OREGON TRAIL FROM FT. LEAVENWORTH TO FT. VANCOUVER, MAY~OCT 1849, AS RECORDED IN THE JOURNALS OF MAJ O. CROSS & G. GIBBS & THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF COLONEL LORING. University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1989. Originally published by A.H. Clark in 1940., NEW copy. Trade paperback. Map, journal of distances, bibliography, index. 378 pp.

$15.00







Williams, John Hoyt, GREAT AND SHINING ROAD: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Nebraska, 2004). Illustrated. 324 pages.
~~~ A panoramic history of the organization and construction of the first transcontinental railroad, with full coverage of the technology, geography, financing, rivalries, corruption, engineers, investors, labor, and the full range of human and technological elements involved.

$24.95



Von West, Carroll, CAPITALISM ON THE FRONTIER: Billings and the Yellowstone Valley in the Nineteenth Century. University of Nebraska Press, 1993. NEW copy, hardcover issued without dust jacket; laminated pictorial boards. Maps, photographs, extensive notes & bibliography, index, 281 pages. "Focusing on the Clark's Fork Bottom, a twenty-five-mile stretch between present-day Park City and Billings, Montana, this path-breaking study examines the successive stages of capitalist development in Billings and the Yellowstone Valley during the nineteenth century."

$45.00








Herndon, Sarah Raymond (Mary Barmeyer O'Brien, ed), DAYS ON THE ROAD: Crossing the Plains in 1865. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (TwoDot). 109 pages.
~~~ Sarah Raymond was an unmarried woman of twenty-four who in May 1865 - barely a month after the end of the Civil War - mounted her beloved pony and headed west alongside the wagon carrying her mother and two younger brothers. They traveled by wagon train over the Great Plains toward the Rocky Mountains, with no certain idea of where they would settle themselves but a strong desire to leave war-torn Missouri behind and start a new life. Days on the Road is the story of this remarkable journey and of the young woman who made it. Written on the trail and originally published in 1902, it is a tribute to all of the emigrants who made their way west and the tale of a truly extraordinary woman.

$9.95



Houston, James D., SNOW MOUNTAIN PASSAGE. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Flamingo). 403 pages.
~~~ In 1847 a wagon train crosses America to the promised land of California, only to be halted in the final stages by early snow in the high reaches of the mountains. The emigrants endure the bitterest of winters with only the most slender of supplies. . . and some are driven to extreme measures to stay alive. Based on the true story of what became known as the Donner party, the story of James and Margaret Reed and their children is one that begins with restless optimism, encompasses remarkable feats of courage and endurance as well as the depths of human degradation, and ends with what seems like a miracle. Part of the story is told by James's and Margaret's daughter, Patty, reminiscing long after those dark days when, as eight year old, she witnessed scenes no child should ever see. Snow Mountain Passage is a compelling and profoundly moving account of one of the most tragic events of pioneer America, and of the terrible cost of the American dream.

$14.00



Michno, Gregory F. & Susan J. Michno. CIRCLE THE WAGONS: Attacks on Wagon Trains in History and Hollywood Films. Hardcover. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2009). 65 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 246 pp.
~~~ It’s a cinematic image as familiar as John Wayne’s face: a wagon train circling as a defensive maneuver against Indian attacks. This book examines actual and fictional wagon-train battles and compares them for realism. It also describes how fledgling Hollywood portrayed the concept of westward migration but, as the evolving industry became more accurate in historical detail, how filmmakers then lost sight of the big picture.

$55.00





Ward, Geoffrey C., THE WEST: An Illustrated History. Little Brown and Co, 1996., NEW, still in shrink-wrap. First Edition. 9.5x11.25. Companion volume to the PBS series. Lavishly illustrated with photographs (some tinted & in color), engravings, drawings, prints, etc, many in color. Maps (many in color), bibliography, illustrati on & film credits, index, 446 pp. Narrative by Geoffrey C. Ward. Based on a documentary film script by Geoffrey C. Ward and Dayton Duncan. Preface by Stephen Ives and Ken Burns. Contributions by Dayton Duncan, John Mack Faragher, David G. Gutierre z , Julie Roy Feffrey, Patricia Nelson Limerick, N. Scott Momaday, T.H. Watkins, Richard White. (Currently in print at $60).

$55.00

West, Elliot, THE SALOON ON THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN MINING FRONTIER. University of Nebraska Press, Bison Books, 1996. Originally published in 1979. NEW copy. PAPERBACK. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 197 pages.
~~ From the Publisher: "Elliott West's careful analysis of the role and development of the saloon as an institution on the mining frontier provides unique insights into the social and economic history of the American West. Drawing on contemporaneous newspapers and many unpublished firsthand accounts, West shows that the physical evolution of the saloon, from crude tents and shanties into elegant establishments for drinking and gaming, reflected the growth and maturity of the surrounding community."
~~ “Written with the zest and sense of humor that remind one of a convivial evening in a saloon. . . . An important contribution to the history of the mining West and western social history and a must for scholars and aficionados of this fascinating topic.” --Montana.
~~ “[West] has stripped away convincingly the sentimentality and sensationalism that have obscured our understanding of the drinking establishment. The result is a valuable contribution to the social history of the trans-Mississippi West.” -— Journal of American History.
~~ “Readable, witty, and humorous.” -—Choice.
~~ “A tasty brew for even the teetotaler.” -—Pacific Historian.
~~ “West’s neat little book is an admirable, authentic treatise.” -—Annals of Wyoming.

$12.00








Boorman, Dean K and RL Wilson, THE HISTORY OF WINCHESTER RIFLES. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Lyons Press). 128 pages.
~~~ A comprehensive history, with over 150 dazzling full-color photographs.

$32.95



Wright, J. Leitch, Jr., ANGLO-SPANISH RIVALRY IN NORTH AMERICA. University of Georgia Press, 1971. FAIR only. Hardcover, lacks dust jacket. Library discard, with usual markings. Pocket removed, black magic marker on page edges. Front hinge partially detached inside. Reading copy only. Notes, bibliography, index, 237 pages.

$15.00





Smith, Diane, LETTERS FROM YELLOWSTONE. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Viking Penguin). 226 pages.
~~~ A.E. (Alexandria) Bartram is a high-spirited medical student from the East whose real passion is botany. In the spring of 1898, she is invited to join a field study in Yellowstone National Park when its leader, Howard Merriam, a mild-mannered professor from Montana, mistakenly assumes she is a man. Once the scientists get over the shock of having a woman on their team, we follow their experiences over the course of a summer of adventure and collecting as they move from Mammoth Hot Springs to a camp high in the backcountry.

$2432.95







Cook, Kathleen N, Londie G Padelsky & Ron Sanford, YOSEMITE ON MY MIND. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Falcon Publishing). America on My Mind Series. 112 pages.
~~~ Yosemite on My Mind celebrates all that is unique about this national treasure - its majestic waterfalls and towering granite cliffs, its wild, rushing rivers and meadows decorated with wildflowers, its rhythm of seasons and fascinating past. Featured in these pages are more than 130 breathtaking images by such talented photographers as Kathleen Norris Cook, Larry Ulrich, Londie Padelsky, and Jon Gnass. Among the pictures are the words of early explorers and others who have been inspired by Yosemite's magic, including John Muir, Lewis P. Mansfield, and Edwin Way Teale. These words and images combine to bring you an unforgettable journey to one of America's treasured national parks.

$32.95




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