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Fanny Kelly 1845 1904 was a Kansas pioneer woman captured by the Sioux and freed five months later She later wrote a book about her experiences called Narrative of My Captivity among the Sioux Indians in 1871 THIS is the title of a very interesting narrative of the capture of Mrs Fanny Kelly in 1864 who was en route with her husband and a little adopted daughter with a small band of other emigrants to the Far West They were surrounded just at nightfall by a troop of Sioux Indians who at first feigned friendship but very soon notwithstanding they were treated with kindness and liberality by the unfortunate party began a murderous attack killing several and taking Fanny her adopted daughter and a Mrs Larimer prisoners Mrs Larimer got away the second night but our authoress remained for five months the victim of cruelty exposure fear and despair but having an opportunity to see and know much of Indian life The work abounds in sketches of scenery and the wild eventful lifetraits of the Indians of the Northwest Fanny was captured from an emigrant train some distance from Fort Laramie on the Platte River in Wyoming by a band of Ogallala Sioux Indians This tribe of Indians were the best fighters of all the Indians They were of good physique and were rich in horses and traveled very rapidly At the time of her capture Fanny was but nineteen years of age and during her career with the Indians she was subjected to blood curdling experiences than the ordinary woman could withstand After carrying her into the Dakotas the Big Chief spared her life because she showed so much skill in dressing the wounds of their wounded and made herself useful More severe than the long marches must have been the witnessing of the battles in which her own people were killed and the fiendish acts of the blood thirsty warriors It was on May 17 1864 that Josiah S Kelly his young wife and their adopted little daughter Mary left their home in Geneva Kansas and with other emigrants started for the golden fields of Idaho with high wrought hopes of future prosperity and pleasant anticipations of a romantic and delightful journey across the plains They experienced no disturbances from Indians safely crossed the Platte River until July 12 1864 when they came into the Little Box Elder Valley 12 miles from Deer Creek Station When suddenly without warning the bluffs before them were covered with a party of about two hundred Indians Gaudily painted uttering their wild war whoops firing a volley of guns and revolvers they descended on the train of emigrants In the massacre that followed Josiah succeeded in making a miraculous escape Favored by the fast approaching darkness he hid himself in the tall grass and sage brush Fanny's narrative covers the succeeding events that led to her eventually being reunited with her husband; Congress later voted to give her 5000 for her efforts which save a fort from attack This book originally published in 1871 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional imperfection; original spellings have been kept in place


10 thoughts on “Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians

  1. says:

    Definitely not for the squeamish


  2. says:

    I have always been fascinated by Native Americans particularly the Sioux and even particularly the Oglala or the Lakota tribe I took a class two years ago in college that was taught by an excellent anthropologist who spent a year or two living with the Oglala tribe and I was completely hooked and knew I had to find out They're such a beautiful people to me I even did a research final about the Oglala customs this past semester So when about a year ago I was browsing the bookshelves at a local antique store and this title caught my eye I thought Great I'll get to read about the customs and learn about the Oglala Sioux This was just way too hard and painful for me to get through Let me defend myself I'm usually pretty open minded when it comes to books; I can suspend my disbelief like no other and I can place myself in the other person's shoes no matter what their situation Heck I recently read the journal of a Confederate lady who talks about the barbaric Union soldiers and how much of a monster Lincoln was but even then I loved the story she had to tell just because it was amazing to me to be able to put myself in a particular time in history This was just ridiculous First of all I had to re read the prologue directly after reading it the first time because I felt like I just slogged through it and didn't retain a thing Then upon getting to the actual narrative I endured for most of 250 pages the whining and complaining of Fanny Kelly Okay I get it it's rough to get torn away from your loved ones and be shoved into a completely different way of life and have to travel almost non stop on foot for five months I could have dealt with all of this if it weren't for the fact that she uses the word savage at least five times a sentence I understand that it was just a part of the racism of the time but to me the Native Americans are a beautiful people who live a simple life and I don't appreciate reading about how they are barbarians and savages and uncivilized and childlike in mentality and vicious and everything else On top of all of that she goes on about the superiority of the white race and how gentle and benevolent the white soldiers are and how if only the Indians could be introduced to God above they might learn to be civilized UGH Let's talk for just a minute Fanny Kelly How about this for your admirable white soldiers they decimated an entire population of people murdering and raping their people pillaging their villages and taking the land that wasn't their to take by force Sure the Native Americans aren't saints but turn the tables and you'll see that your people were just as bad if not worse Okay Rant done I don't believe in complete and total book bashing so there were a few things that I enjoyed about this book and they were the reason why it got two stars I enjoyed her reflections about nature and her surrounding environment I really could picture the scenes she described and she was pretty eloquent in describing them I also really enjoyed the chapter about Native American customs Finally what I had wanted to read all along Overall though this book was a waste of my time and a waste of a week in reading


  3. says:

    These things are always difficult to review From a literary standpoint it is no masterpiece but the narrative content itself is so compelling we forgive the awkwardness of the author so I tend to look at these primarily in a historical context and then look at how effective the narrator is at getting the feel of the experience across The general caveat here is that there is little corroborating evidence for what Kelly says her day to day life was like in captivity other than other accounts of different captivities The very sameness of many of these accounts should caution a reader to question what was the motivation of the author in writing the book and what was the character of the writerOutside the general plan of the tribe's movement Kelly notes two types of incidents every day type things and exceptional occurrences The special occurrences stand out vividly and would appear to be less capable of exaggeration because they were seen by many and are easily corroborated or oppositely not easily hid However for Kelly's day to day treatment which ranged from gentle and kind to torture and threat we don't have any way of knowing what is true from what is livened up to make the narrative compelling It may all be true but we know that Kelly had an iron in the fire as far as restitution from the Indian Annuities as they are called and making her story compelling would do much in a direction to get Congress to see her grievance favorablyNow I'm not discounting that being taken hostage by a hostile native people and being used as a slave having your child murdered and being abused daily in numerous ways isn't enough I'm just looking at the spectacular claimsKelly's book makes for lively reading She clearly has insight and sympathy for the Indians' motivation and condition but she comes across as a staunch Manifest Destinyer this is gonna happen so just get used to it She sees no moral dilemma in taking Indian lands that are clearly left wasted and fallow by the nomads This probably is what the majority of white Americans felt The Indians weren't putting the land to good use so what was the problem? Cultural sensitivity wasn't even thought about at this time In the end the eye for an eye mentality leaves everyone savage and claims that the Indians previously were a gentler race or just learned barbarity from the white man when accounts of Indian on Indian depredation from this and earlier times are taken into account just shows how beastly we are to each other without provocation We don't need any trainingA good first hand look into another ugly chapter of US history


  4. says:

    A fascinating tale of Mrs Kelly's captivity among the Sioux Indians Most interesting to me was her unwavering faith in the Goodness and Kind Providence of God Despite her circumstantial she continued to trust the Lord and pray for deliverance I have read other books pertaining to the Sioux nation and found most of her cultural observations to be quite accurate Well worth the read


  5. says:

    One of the WORST books I have ever read This was supposedly a true story bah If this is true she should have become an interpreter she supposedly knew Exactly what the chief was saying to her in HIS language on her second day of captivity wow what skill Then she was supposedly held for over five months yet there are NO details of anything that happened to her All she does is describe the scenery and lament about being tortured yet there are only two or three specific incidences that document any of her time in captivity For someone with such great language skills she sure had a lousy memory This seems like it was nothing than a bunch of lies to create hatred toward the Indians at that time and for her to get money from the government I can't believe this actually sold thousands of copies really?


  6. says:

    I am working on my senior thesis and my topic is Native American and white relations in the 19th century in the western United States This was an interesting captivity narrative to read You really have to take everything Fanny says with a grain of salt She is very dramatic in her descriptions of the Native Americans and I doubt many things that she says However this book will help me in my research because it shows how the image that white people created of Native Americans and how this image negatively portrayed a group of people


  7. says:

    Interesting book in that it was written over 100 years ago and is one of the few firsthand accounts of captivity among a Native American tribe in the 19th century Looking back at her words now I am reluctant to believe all Fanny Kelly says especially when given some of the circumstance surrounding the book at the time of its writing All that said for anyone interested in this oft overlooked period of American History it's worth the read


  8. says:

    This book is a most fascinating treatise also a very saddening one on an Indian attack of a small pioneer caravan entering Wyoming territory and then one woman's experience's with the Indians throughout that territory until her rescue at a US Calvary fort in current day SW South Dakota Sorry that was so long winded but that happens after reading something like this The writing is beautiful and deliberate but very correct and extremely florid It was however fascinating to read all the descriptions and be able to see in my minds eye what she was seeing I live in Wyoming and the last time I made a trip to Casper I made sure I paid attention to the places in that area where the original attack occurred The attack and the Fort her husband managed to make it to were in the areas of Glenrock and Douglas There are still signs for the remains of the fort That area is very hilly with lots of creeks with trees along them An area just ripe for the picking Later she says she's with the Sioux along Powder River We cross Powder River at the town of Powder River very small to get to Casper and that area is very open with few trees She also describes being in a battle up north Up there along the Big Horns there are vast plains where the Indians liked to camp as shown by the Battle of the Little Big Horn because it gave them water space food and protection The base camp for the tribe she was with was in southern Montana Eventually the US Calvary put enough pressure on the Sioux tribes they decided to pretend to give her back at a fort in South Dakota She was able to alert the Calvary so they were able to rescue her All the hows and whys? You need to read her book It's too good to pass up for 99 cents


  9. says:

    True adventure of an early sojourner on the the new Oregon trail that led through the great plains and over some of the most forbidding mountain ranges in the world all while endevouring to deal with the then free and untamed Native American Indian tribes at the height of their strengthPretty well presentd for being an account born amongst the purple prose common of the 1800's the author and face of the book Fanny Kelley presents her remarkable tale in uncvontrived humility with astute insightKelly was an indomitable and brave member of the dauntless spirit of Americana that we all hope has been passed from such as her on to usA role model for all particularly women and girls pioneers such as Kelly's words and acts of and those of her peers of are often bypassed today to the loss of allA trip worth takingJFB


  10. says:

    Very intriguing true story written by a young pioneer mother whose family was slaughtered by the Sioux Indians as they traveled west She and her daughter were taken captive the daughter was lost and Fanny herself suffered much at their hands Through it all she marveled at the beauty of nature and the providence of God She was saved by the cavalry after 5 months