Herman Lehmann Nine Years Among The Indians, 1870-1879

Last updated date: November 15, 2021

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8.2

Herman Lehmann Nine Years Among The Indians, 1870-1879

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In our analysis of 14 expert reviews, the Herman Lehmann Nine Years Among The Indians, 1870-1883 placed 6th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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As a young child, Herman Lehmann was captured by a band of plundering Apache Indians and remained with them for nine years. This is his dramatic and unique story. His memoir, fast-paced and compelling, tells of his arduous initial years with the Apache as he underwent a sometimes torturous initiation into Indian life. Peppered with various escape attempts, Lehmann’s recollections are fresh and exciting in spite of the years past. Lehmann provides us with a fascinating look at Apache, and later, Comanche culture. He tells of their rituals, medicinal practices and gives an insight into Native American manufacture of arrow-heads, saddles and shields. After a few years, Lehmann became completely integrated into the warrior life, joining in on raids throughout the South-West and Mexico. Nine Years with the Indians tells of violent clashes with white rangers and other Native American tribes, scalpings and the violence of life in nineteenth century western America.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.2
2 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
2,495 user reviews

What experts liked

His descriptions of how the Native Americans thought, their customs, rituals and beliefs are very descriptive and gives great understanding to some of the atrocities committed and broadens the reader's understanding of how much was taken from the Native Americans.
- Good Reads
Fascinating and fun read – with great insights into life in that turbulent time.
- Bob's Books

What experts didn't like

Lehmann is too 'matter of fact' about his daily trials and activities. While we know he 'becomes' and Indian, we don't get any insight into his thoughts and feelings.
- Good Reads

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