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By Woody Kipp

It was once at Wounded Knee, huddled below an evening sky lit by means of army flares and the searchlights of armored body of workers companies, that Vietnam vet Woody Kipp learned that he, as an American Indian, had develop into the enemy, the Viet Cong, to a rustic that he had defended on the danger of his lifestyles. With candor, sour humor, and biting perception, this publication tells the tale of the lengthy and tortuous path that led Kipp from the Blackfeet Reservation of his start to a bad second of depending on the plains of South Dakota. Kipp’s is a narrative of local values and practices uneasily intersected through cowboy tradition, teenage angst, and quintessentially American temptations and excesses.
As a boy, Kipp was once a passionate reader and basketball participant, continuously able to brawl and already being affected by discrimination and alcoholism in his adolescents. From his journey of accountability in Vietnam as a Marine to his go back, from his hell-raising as a violent, womanizing, hard-drinking horse breaker to his consciousness-raising reviews as a school scholar and foot soldier within the American Indian flow, Kipp’s memoir bargains a special, firsthand view of the long-lasting power—and the vulnerability—of Blackfeet tradition, of the problems inherent in cross-cultural figuring out, and of the pressing necessity of overcoming those problems if the basic historical past of local the United States is to survive.

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