A Pipe for February by Charles H. Red Corn
A Novel (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series)

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the Osage Indians owned Oklahoma’s most valuable oil reserves and became members of the world’s first wealthy oil population. Osage children and grandchildren continued to respect the old customs and ways, but now they also had lives of leisure: purchasing large homes, expensive cars, eating in fancy restaurants, and traveling to faraway places. In the 1920s, they also found themselves immersed in a series of murders. Charles H. Red Corn sets A Pipe for February against this turbulent, exhilarating background.

Tracing the experiences of John Grayeagle, the story’s main character, Red Corn describes the Osage murders from the perspective of a traditional Osage. Other books on the notorious crimes have focused on the greed of government officials and businessmen to increase their oil wealth. Red Corn focuses on the character of the Osage people, drawing on his own experiences and insights as a member of the Osage Tribe.

 

About Charles H. Red Corn

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-->Charles H. Red Corn -->is an independent writer living in Norman, Oklahoma. He is a member of the Tzishuwashtahgi Clan (Peace Clan) of the Osage Tribe.
 
Published November 11, 2002 by University of Oklahoma Press. 270 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The days of idle conversation with friends over tea and French pastries continue as John alternates between trying to decide what to paint and whether to take direct control of his inheritance instead of letting the Bureau of Indian Affairs handle it.

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When John's grandfather dies, John becomes certain that his close friend, Molly, is next on the hit list.

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The instructive quality of the book strikes me as Red Corn's primary motive for writing this story and the turbulent, transitional times of the 1920s offers an exciting vehicle for comment on the persistence of Osage culture.

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