Selling Your Father's Bones

One Tribe's Flight Through the Great American West

Publisher: Harper Press

Review

In the summer of 1877, around 700 members of the Nez Perce Native American tribe set out on an epic 1,700-mile journey through the American West. Forced from their homeland by the great 19th-century wave of settlement from the east, the Nez Perce passed through mountains, forests, badlands and prairies and had to fight battles and skirmishes with the pursuing United States Army as they raced towards the Canadian border.

Schofield retraces this remarkable exodus, telling not only the story of the tribe’s fight for survival, but also the destructive legacy of a westward migration initially predicated on patriotism and religious zeal.

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