Nine Years Among the Indians

Indian captive narratives


In a real-life version of "Little Big Man," the Indian captive narrative of Herman Lehmann reads like a thrilling novel. He was captured as a boy in 1870 and lived for nine years among the Apaches and Comanches.


Long considered one of the best captivity stories from the period, Lehmann came to love the people and the life with Indians. Only the gentle persuasion of famed Comanche chief, Quanah Parker, convinced Lehmann to remain with his white family once he was returned to them.

Lehmann saw some of the most dramatic changes in the old west from a perspective few whites had. He didn't just play the part...he was living as an Indian. His struggle to readjust to white culture is detailed here as well. At the time of this writing, he was married with five children, although he maintained the ties to his Indian friends and family for the rest of his life.

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