Friday the Arapaho Boy A Story From History by Marc Simmons
  

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Friday the Arapaho Boy A Story From History by Marc Simmons

For ages 6-12. By the Anglos' calendar it was the last week of May 1831 and the Arapahos were camped beside the Cimarron River in what is today south-western Kansas. Young Warshinun strayed from the camp as he hunted for prairie dogs and became separated from his family and the tribe. This is the true story of Warshinun's adventures. Nearly dead of thirst and hunger after hiding for a week from Kiowa raiders, the young Arapaho was discovered and cared for by Thomas Fitzpatrick, a Rocky Mountain trader. Fitzpatrick named the boy 'Friday' for the day of the week he first found the young Indian, and took him to Santa Fe and Taos, Colorado and Wyoming in search of Friday's family. The trader finally took Friday to St Louis, enrolled him in school, but continued looking for the boy's family as he travelled through Arapaho country. Friday grew up to become an important Arapaho leader. (To this day, 'Friday' is a prominent family name among the Arapaho.) He attended the famous council in Wyoming that led to the Fort Laramie treaty of 1851. Friday spent the last thirty years of his life trying to prevent war between his people and the Anglos, and died in 1881.

Reviews

Historian Marc Simmons continues to bring fascinating stories from the past to life as children's stories with his newest book, Friday the Arapaho Boy, Although the story is true, it is almost unbelievable. . . The book is nicely illustrated with a mix of colorful scenes and informative details. . Readers at about the fourth-grade level will relish this book with its archetypical themes of adventure--separation, loss, rescue, endurance, and reunion. They will also be enthralled by the fact that the tale is true, as will adult readers.

About the Author

Marc Simmons is considered New Mexico's Historian Laureate and has published over forty books on New Mexico history. Simmons is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1993 the King of Spain granted him membership in the knightly Order of Isabela la Catolica for his contributions to Spanish colonial history. He resides in Cerrillos, New Mexico.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
56 pages

Author

Marc Simmons
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Publisher

University of New Mexico Press

Publication date

15th October 2004

ISBN

9780826336095


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