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Voice of the Old Wolf

Lucullus Virgil McWhorter and the Nez Perce Indians

Steven Ross Evans

$26.95

Originally published in 1996, Voice of the Old Wolf was the first full-length biography of Lucullus V. McWhorter (1860 – 1944). The Yakima area rancher met and befriended Yakima and Nez Perce warriors in 1903, forming deep relationships and accumulating facts, stories, and perspectives that would otherwise have been irretrievably lost. Adopted as a tribe member, he served as a stirring spokesman for non-treaty bands and captured prominent Nez Perce voices in his classic Western histories, Yellow Wolf (1940) and Hear Me, My Chiefs! (1952). This edition includes a new foreword by Trevor James Bond, Associate Dean with the McWhorter collection holder, Washington State University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections.

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Lucullus V. McWhorter met and befriended Yakama and Nez Perce warriors in 1903, forming deep relationships and accumulating facts, stories, and perspectives that would otherwise have been irretrievably lost. Adopted as an honorary member of the Yakama tribe and given the name, Old Wolf, he served as a stirring spokesman for non-treaty bands and captured prominent Nez Perce voices in his classic Western histories, Yellow Wolf (1940) and Hear Me, My Chiefs! (1952).

Originally published in 1996, Voice of the Old Wolf is the only biography of Lucullus V. McWhorter (1860–1944). Author Steven Ross Evans focused on the Yakima area rancher’s unique roles as Nez Perce tribal historian and collector of traditional lore to help fill a significant gap in the chronology of Nez Perce history—the post 1880s to the 1940s, and assembled numerous excellent photographs, many previously unpublished. This edition includes a new foreword describing the vast McWhorter collection held by Washington State University.

Steven Ross Evans, (Ph. D., history, Washington State University), taught history for thirty-three years at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. He continues to research and write about the Nez Perce and the Lewis and Clark expedition. His wife, Connie, is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho.

Photographs / illustrations / maps / notes / bibliography / index / 250 pages (1996)

Recognition

“A gem of a book—in many ways one of the most informed on Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians ever written—rich in its humanity, filled with the struggle and sadness of patriots and genuine heroes, and inspiring in its central tale of a wonderful man who did as much as anyone else—and perhaps more—to bring about realistic writing on American Indian history.”—Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., author, The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest

Additional information

Dimensions 6 x 9 in
Format

Paperback