Stories from Saddle Mountain: Autobiographies of a Kiowa Family

Stories from Saddle Mountain: Autobiographies of a Kiowa Family by Henrietta Tongkeamha & Raymond Tongkeamha

Stories from Saddle Mountain: Autobiographies of a Kiowa Family

Edited by Benjamin Kracht
  • Hardcover
  • University of Nebraska Press (2021)
  • SKU: 9781496228116
Regular price $40.00
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Stories from Saddle Mountain recounts family stories that connected the Tongkeamhas, a Kiowa family, to the Saddle Mountain community for more than a century. Henrietta Apayyat (1912-93) grew up and married near Saddle Mountain, where she and her husband raised five sons and five daughters. She began penning her memoirs in 1968, including accounts about a Peyote meeting, revivals and Christmas encampments at Saddle Mountain Church, subsistence activities, and attending boarding schools and public schools.

When not in school, Henrietta spent much of her childhood and adolescence close to home, working and occasionally traveling to neighboring towns with her grandparents, whereas her son Raymond Tongkeamha left frequently and wandered farther. Both experienced the transformation from having no indoor plumbing or electricity to having radios, televisions, and JCPenney. Together, their autobiographies illuminate dynamic changes and steadfast traditions in twentieth-century Kiowa life in the Saddle Mountain countryside.

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