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Michael Blake's Dances with Wolves transformed denigrating Indian sterotypes and created widespread interest in Native American culture. The subsequent popularity of books on this topic underscores the power of a tale well told. While Blake's story relates the early chapters of Native Americans' survival struggles, later accounts of this struggle remain untold.
The Indians of Hungry Hollow authentically presents these later chapters. The days of Hungry Hollow have long passed, but the opportunity to capture its lessons of community, strong values, and an urge to thrive in matters of the heart and soul are still very much with us.
These are stories of survival, community, sharing, and caring. The situations are often dire: winter in the middle of the Depression; an Indian settlement illegally taken from its inhabitants and set on fire; boaters stranded by bad weather and threatened with death. But if the situations are extreme, the telling of the stories is consistently optimistic yet completely without self-pity or sentimentality, and the characters always find a way through the darkness.
Dunlop's unique style of storytelling is compelling and informative, and these historically significant stories help to elucidate the transition of the American Indian culture from post-tribal days to the present.
". . . a culturally and historically significant book. . . . [A]n engaging, lyrical tale. . . ."
—George Weeks, Detroit News and Free Press
Named a 2005 Michigan Notable Book
Chapter 1. Boxcar Blues 3
Chapter 2. Indian Barber Shop 10
Chapter 3. Changing Times 22
Chapter 4. A Drowned Man 27
Chapter 5. Undying Love and Summertime Blues 35
Chapter 6. Back to the Blanket 43
Chapter 7. The Iron Monster 50
Chapter 8. Run to Freedom 55
Chapter 9. Black and Brown 62
Chapter 10. Three Potatoes Equals One Movie 70
Chapter 11. The Bobsled 76
Chapter 12. Merry Can Christmas 80
Chapter 13. Good Luck from Hard Coal 83
Chapter 14. Necessity, the Mother of Invention 95
Chapter 15. Good Talent, Good Times, and Good Friends 101
Chapter 16. Burnout at Indian Point 107
Chapter 17. Roller Skates and Bright Lights 114
Chapter 18. Summer's End 122
Chapter 19. Dark and Lonely Days 131
Chapter 20. Homecoming 141
Chapter 21. WPA to the Rescue 146
Chapter 22. From Boy Scouts to Jail 150
Chapter 23. The Pranksters 156
Chapter 24. The Freight Train Killed Oakley 164
Chapter 25. The Day I Stopped Killing Animals 173
Chapter 26. War! 175
Illustrations following page 86