Summary: This book grows out of a white Mennonite womans 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 authors people, Mennonites and her blood relatives, intertwine with Harts people by arriving in Oklahoma to begin schools on the Cheyenne and Arapaho reservation and to settle the Oklahoma plains.
Lawrence Hart is a treasure. Raylene Hinz-Penner
presents him shiningly.
Holding Harts and the
authors stories together, the book is a meditation
on destiny and restorative justice.
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.
Hinz-Penner invites us on a
journey of discovery into the sources of Harts life
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 ancestorsby giving them attention
and honor in his own life.
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: Historyof 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.
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