With a clearly evident love of Indian lore and legend, Ken Thomasma vividly recounts the days of the Nez Perce war with the U.S. army in 1877. To authenticate details of that dramatic time the author walked the battlefield sites and spent many hours with the descendants of Chief Joseph, who led that desperate fight.
Thomasma’s account focuses on Soun Tetoken (Silent One), and orphan adopted by the son of Chief Joseph. Against a backdrop of growing racial tensions, the story is told of a speechless boy befriending a stallion and coyote pup and undergoing his ritual initiation into manhood.
The eventual surrender of Chief Joseph and his famous words, “From where the sun now stands I shall fight no more forever,” are recorded here with unforgettable drama.
Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran was the winner of the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award in 1986.
What readers say about Soun Tetoken:
“Absolutely one of my favorite books!” – Valerie
“I read this with a 4th grade class; the author is local to the area and used to come visit the classrooms at our school to talk about his books and characters. It was interesting and tragic reading, offering a different (native) perspective on the relocation of some of the Nez Perce people in Oregon and Idaho.” – Katie
“Realistic and a good read.” – Dee
“This is one my favorite books I have ever read because I enjoy learning about the intense life of the Nez Perce.” – Anonymous 8 year-old reader
“My FAVORITE childhood book!” – Amy
“We bought 4 books from Kenneth Thomasma years ago when I was home schooling my boys. They are great read aloud books – they are now reading them to their children.” – Anonymous