The Oregon Trail – Francis Parkman


The movie Dances with Wolves is essentially a sequel to the book written in 1846, The Oregon Trail. Francis Parkman, at 23,  lives with the Ogallalla Indian tribe during their buffalo hunts. Mahto – Tatonka ( which means Bull – Bear, rather than Buffalo as portrayed in DwW). He witnesses the last era of the free roaming Indians amongst the open prairies in the Dakotas. He encounters mountain trappers, dragoon soldiers, emigrants & Mormons.

Keen observations and a graphic style characterize the author’s remarkable record of a vanishing frontier. Detailed accounts of the hardships experienced while traveling across mountains and prairies; vibrant portraits of emigrants and Western wildlife; and vivid descriptions of Indian life and culture. A classic of American frontier literature.

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