Mudeater: An American Buffalo Hunter and the Surrender of Louis Riel

Category: Book
By (author): Pihach, John D.
Subject:  HISTORY / General
  HISTORY / Native American
  HISTORY / North America
  HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Published: March 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*"A really interesting read." Keith Carlson, author of The Power of Place, The Problem of Time

Born the son of a Wyandot Chief in Kansas in 1849, Irvin Mudeater was one of the last great frontiersmen of the American West.

Hired to run wagon trains to Santa Fe, Mudeater fought off "Indian attacks," was caught up in the Civil War, drove a stagecoach, and lived as a plainsman on the lawless frontier. Most of all, he was a buffalo hunter--killing 126 head in just one day.

In 1882, Mudeater moved to Canada, adopted the name Robert Armstrong, and portrayed himself as white. Shortly after the fall of Batoche, he played the lead role in bringing the fugitive Metis leader, Louis Riel, into custody.

John D. Pihach attempts to resolve the opposing stories of Riel's surrender/capture, scrutinizes the sensational incidents in Armstrong/Mudeater's life, and, with the inclusion of Mudeater's unpublished memoir, allows this consummate storyteller to speak in his own voice.
From The Publisher*The story of one of the last buffalo hunters on the frontier, Mudeater was an American Indian who later took on a new identity as a white man--"Robert Armstrong"--in Canada, and was also one of the three men who brought Louis Riel into custody. In Mudeater, John Pihach scrutinizes the sensational incidents of Armstrong/Mudeater's life and attempts to resolve the conflicting stories of the surrender of Riel.
Review Quote*"The story of how Mudeater became Armstrong sheds light on a key chapter in Canadian history during the country's sesquicentennial, as the country grapples with so many of the colonial legacies and questions of identity that Armstrong, or Mudeater, represented." -- The Globe and Mail
Biographical NoteJohn D. Pihach is the author of Ukrainian Genealogy and lives in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.