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  • Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879

  • The Story of the Captivity and Life of a Texan Among the Indians
  • By: Herman Lehmann
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879

By: Herman Lehmann
Narrated by: John McLain
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Summary

As a young child, Herman Lehmann was captured by a band of plundering Apache Indians and remained with them for nine years. This is his dramatic and unique story.   

His memoir, fast-paced and compelling, tells of his arduous initial years with the Apache as he underwent a sometimes torturous initiation into Indian life. Peppered with various escape attempts, Lehmann's recollections are fresh and exciting in spite of the years past.    

Lehmann provides us with a fascinating look at Apache, and later, Comanche culture. He tells of their rituals and medicinal practices and gives an insight into Native American manufacture of arrowheads, saddles, and shields.   

After a few years, Lehmann became completely integrated into the warrior life, joining in on raids throughout the Southwest and Mexico. Nine Years Among the Indians tells of violent clashes with white rangers and other Native American tribes, scalpings, and the violence of life in 19th-century Western America.

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Fascinating!

I loved this story, despite descriptions of violent acts and battles being quite graphic at times it gives a unique insight into an important period of American history.

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Of its time

A book of its time. Written in the 1920s it is a remarkable life, but with little insight. One adventure rolls into another, often dramatic, sometime macabre. This reader wanted to know more about why Herman so readily adopted the ways of the tribe who kidnapped him.

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INTERESTING LIFE STYLE

Be prepared for some gruesome details how Indians live , day to day. Before they became civilised.

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Good read.

A savage tale and if it is an historically true account, quite horrific in parts but an interesting book . Not for the weak hearted.

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  • Wesley Christensen
  • 12-11-20

What a wild life!!

This autobiography is wonderful! I was raised on and still work on several different ranches in West Texas, Central Texas Hill Country, and the South Texas Brush Country. Growing up in these areas afforded me knowledge of Native American artifacts, and a self taught education of the tribes who lived in these areas. I was inthralled with the story of this mans time spent with the Indians. I loved that he was able to pinpoint the areas and ecoregions of Texas they passed through during his time described. This book will keep you much more than just interested. After learning of his life I’d like to map out his journey with the different tribes. I want to plan a road trip vacation driving through each of these areas. This audiobook is 100% worthy of a listen!!

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  • Turnthepage
  • 28-03-20

Fascinating read

This autobiography provides fascinating insight and details into the lives of native Americans. First hand account is a real page turner and a great read.

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  • Terry L. Cook
  • 23-12-20

Great book

Captivating. No pun intended. Probably one of the most interesting pieces of history I’ve ever read.

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  • Austin
  • 27-05-20

incredible

the full detail this book has of the account of not only Herman, but of surrounding known natives and generals. incredible book, important part of human history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

Fascinating!

The story demanded my attention from beginning to end. Highly recommend! If you enjoy historical biographies, this story will most definitely captivate your mind for some time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-20

amazing story of one man's life

great story and very well narrated very well described throughout the book The Life of this incredible man who saw life as an Indian from all angles good and bad definitely worth listening to

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  • Austin Pancamo
  • 06-07-20

Good Read

Fascinating story. I highly recommend it especially if you are into all things American Indian.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-20

Amazing!!!

Great Story of an unimaginable life.
Thank you for sharing your story.
I listened to the whole story today.
I couldn't turn it off.

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  • Erroll Ends
  • 12-02-20

Solid book start to finish.

The performance, tremor and cadence to the narrators voice fits in what I would imagine for this story. The story is just incredible, the only thing I was left wanting was more of his stories and accounts. Overall wanting more I think is a good indicator of a good book.

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  • James D. Davis
  • 07-02-20

Excellent story!

I learned so much about Indian life and culture from this book, which was my desire. The story moves from event to event and is not loaded down with unnecessary words. I highly recommend it...

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