Set in the 1870s, Hunkpapa Sioux is a coming-of-age story of a mixed-blood Indian teen in search of learning more about his Sioux heritage.
Ever since his father, Waukesha, died by the hands of white men, John Holcumb has felt out of place living in Chicago.
Yearning to learn more about his Sioux heritage, he boards a train and heads off to meet his Native American relatives.
When John meets a rugged mountain man heading the same way, the unlikely duo form a friendship and travel together across the Great Plains in an adventure that will help John not only discover who he is, but reconnect with his past.
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This amazing book portrays the trials and tribulations of a teenage half breed Dakota Sioux, with the urging of his mother, leaves Chicago and heads west to find his father's tribe. As the young man becomes a brave and and warrior of the Sioux it was easy to become enthralled in the adventure. Robert Dumont weaves factual historic data of Native American Sioux's throughout, intriguing my interest. In the tale. Absolutely the best book I have read in a long time
A good coming of age story. A young man leaves Chicago after the death of his mother, and heads for Dakota Territory to find his father's Dakota family. Just prior to the Little Big Horn in time, so a lot of unrest and lack of trust on both sides. John has a foot on each side, and can view things from both sides, even though he doesn't necessary agree with them. He meets up with his uncle, cousin, aunts, and so on, and learns to be traditional Sioux. He also has a trapper friend who he meets on the way, who is heading for the mountains of Montana. They remain good friends throughout, and even years later find solace with each other. Good story, that was hard to put down. Would recommend.
A wonderful novel about coming of age teen from both worlds. This story was interesting but yet at the same time it was no different. I say no different because we are all human and each of us has to learn who and where we belong. John is just such a character. I can't imagine the struggles that he faced and my heart went out to him. I can't even imagine being from both worlds. I loved this book. I enjoyed learning the many things about the Indians. They are even more interesting than the Amish. This is the first book of the year that has stayed with me long after I finished it. I wanted to do this book justice because I finished it late into the night. John wouldn't let put his story down until I finished. I'm glad I finished it. I recommend. My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.