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The Journey of Chief Lawrence Hart, Mennonite

C. Henry Smith Series 7

Raylene Hinz-Penner

Foreword by Donald L. Fixico


Summary: This book grows out of a white Mennonite woman’s driving curiosity to know the story of nationally known Cheyenne Peace Chief Lawrence Hart, whose grandfather was born three years after the massacre on the Washita to survivors Afraid of Beavers and Walking Woman. This grandfather would raise his grandson to know Cheyenne ways and select him as his successor to become a principal peace chief to the Cheyennes. Meanwhile the author’s people, Mennonites and her blood relatives, intertwine with Hart’s people by arriving in Oklahoma to begin schools on the Cheyenne and Arapaho reservation and to settle the Oklahoma plains.

Comment: “Lawrence Hart is a treasure. Raylene Hinz-Penner presents him shiningly.”
—Robert Warrior (Osage), Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor University of Oklahoma

“Holding Hart’s and the author’s stories together, the book is a meditation on destiny and restorative justice.”
—Rachel Waltner Goossen, Department of History, Washburn University

“Hinz-Penner has accomplished two goals. On one level, she explores the universal search for balance in life, using historical events and people to illustrate the constant tensions between conflict and resolution. On a parallel story line, she weaves into this rich tapestry the life of an exceptional man.”
—Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, Oklahoma Historical Society

“Hinz-Penner invites us on a journey of discovery into the sources of Hart’s life and achievements.”
—James C. Juhnke, Professor Emeritus of History, Bethel College, Kansas

“Hinz-Penner seeks to preserve this extraordinary life story in the way Hart preserves the stories, language, deeds, ways of doing justice, and even bones of his ancestors—by giving them attention and honor in his own life.”
—John Sheriff, Bethel College Interim President and E. E. Leisy Professor of English

Market: Scholars; historians; anyone interested in cross-cultural relations and the story of a Cheyenne and Mennonite leader able to embrace the virtues of two very different cultures and serve as witness to both.

Shelving: History—of Cheyenne, Native Americans, Mennonites, Oklahoma; Biography. BISAC: History, Religion. RTM: 170 Biography; 430 History/American; 690 Religion/Ethics

The Editors: Rebecca Slough, Goshen, Indiana, teaches worship and related arts at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Ind.). Her current areas of professional interest include biblical interpretation and artistic expression, incorporating movement in spiritual direction, and exploring the healing benefits of sound. Shirley Sprunger King, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, is Director of Academic Advising at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.). Prior to moving to south-central Pennsylvania in 2003, she chaired the music department while teaching at Bethel College (Kan.) for 25 years.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: January 2007
Approximate Pages: 206
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $19.95 US, $25.95 Can.
ISBN 13: 978-1-931038-40-9; ISBN 10: 1-931038-40-6


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05/07/08