The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth

T. D. BONNER (1810 - 1883)

Buried amid the sublime passes of the Sierra Nevada are old men, who, when children, strayed away from our crowded settlements, and, gradually moving farther and farther from civilization, have in time become domiciliated among the wild beasts and wilder savages — have lived scores of years whetting their intellects in the constant struggle for self-preservation; whose only pleasurable excitement was found in facing danger; whose only repose was to recuperate, preparatory to participating in new and thrilling adventures. Such men, whose simple tale would pale the imaginative creations of our most popular fictionists, sink into their obscure graves unnoticed and unknown. Indian warriors, whose bravery and self devotion find no parallels in the preserved traditions of all history, end their career on the "war-path," sing in triumph their death-song, and become silent, leaving no impression on the intellectual world. (Summary by Thomas D. Bonner)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface to the New English and American Editions Gary Olman
00:29:41
Play 01 Birth-place and Childhood Gary Olman
00:16:31
Play 02 Expedition to the Mines Gary Olman
00:16:49
Play 03 Return from the Deserted Pawnee Villages Gary Olman
00:18:18
Play 04 Severe Sufferings in the Camp Gary Olman
00:17:41
Play 05 Sufferings on the Platte Gary Olman
00:29:24
Play 06 We seperate into six Detachments Gary Olman
00:15:59
Play 07 Arrival of General Ashley and Party Gary Olman
00:38:59
Play 08 Unexpected Return to the Rocky Mountains Gary Olman
00:16:29
Play 09 The Company removes from Cache Valley on a Hunting and Trapping Excursion Gary Olman
00:20:43
Play 10 Great Battle with the Black Feet Gary Olman
00:24:57
Play 11 Removal of our Rendezvous Gary Olman
00:32:20
Play 12 Departure from the Rendezvous Gary Olman
00:23:05
Play 13 War between the Crow Nation and other Indian Tribes Gary Olman
01:07:14
Play 14 Great Loss of Horses in the Mountains Gary Olman
00:21:10
Play 15 Short Account of Pine Leaf, the Crow Heroine Gary Olman
00:32:32
Play 16 Departure from Fort Cass Gary Olman
00:17:52
Play 17 Victory over the Cheyennes Gary Olman
00:52:57
Play 18 Departure from the Fort with the Crows Gary Olman
00:27:27
Play 19 Departure from the Fort Gary Olman
00:36:37
Play 20 Excursion to the Fort Gary Olman
00:22:51
Play 21 Attacks of the Black Feet on the Fort Gary Olman
00:32:29
Play 22 Meteoric Shower Gary Olman
00:15:21
Play 23 Removal to our Tobacco-ground Gary Olman
00:23:01
Play 24 Excursion to the fort Gary Olman
00:19:34
Play 25 Visit of the Whole Crow Nation to the Fort Gary Olman
00:24:29
Play 26 Deputation from the As-ne-boines Gary Olman
00:36:38
Play 27 Departure for St. Louis Gary Olman
00:15:14
Play 28 Disagreeable Encounters in St. Louis Gary Olman
00:39:27
Play 29 Return to St. Louis Gary Olman
00:34:24
Play 30 Departure for the Mountains Gary Olman
00:26:55
Play 31 Invitation to visit the Outlaws Gary Olman
00:34:34
Play 32 First trip to New Mexico Gary Olman
00:18:35
Play 33 The Californian Revolution Gary Olman
00:33:54
Play 34 Affairs at Santa Fe' Gary Olman
00:30:59
Play 35 Departure for California Gary Olman
00:25:45
Play 36 Discovery of Beckwourth's Pass Gary Olman
00:27:11
Play 37 Mistakes regarding the Character of the Indian Gary Olman
00:18:25