December 11, 2008

A Man Called Horse

A Man Called Horse was originally published as a short story in Collier's magazine, Jan. 7, 1950, and was reprinted in 1968 as a short story in a book called Indian Country by Dorothy M. Johnson. It was later made into a film in 1970 with Richard Harris in the lead role.

The protagonist is a British aristocrat who is captured by a Native American tribe.

Plot summary

Initially enslaved, he comes to respect his captors' culture and gains their respect. He joins the tribe by showing his bravery and, later, gets back his dignity by marrying his owner's daughter, killing rival Indians and taking their horses. Taking the native name "Horse" (he was treated as a horse), he becomes a respected member of the tribe.

Source: Wikipedia

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