The Shining Trail

ONE hundred years ago an American Indian boy learned wisdom, kindness, strength, and loyalty from the Sauk Indians, and cruelty and deception from the white man. The “ men-with-hats” drove his people from their ancestral lands in the Middle West merely because they had red skin and could not vote. It is a story as old as the world, for its ingredients are false treaties, “white-man’s-lying-papers,”peace-loving people hounded by politically greedy armies, and refugees hunted by men to whom they had earlier given succor. It is a great American story beautifully told with a freshness of language and a simple grandeur inherent in the subject. It is rich in ceremonial customs and is filled with colorful, naive, and apt Indian metaphors and epithets. It makes one humble and a bit ashamed to read of the giants who dwelled in our land and of the men who persecuted them.