OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available The Cheyennes, part of A First American Book series, written by Lakota Sioux author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve presents an overview of this specific Native American Nation's culture and history for elementary students. The picture book begins with two brief versions of the Cheyenne creation story. The author describes the original homeland of the Cheyenne when they lived in the Minnesota River Valley and how they moved west to the Black Hills. Here they adapted to life on the Plains where they hunted buffalo. The next sections of the book cover topics such as the roles of men, village life, the roles of women, children, religion and ceremonies, and the impact of European contact. Traders brought new diseases to the Cheyenne, and the United States signed treaties with the Cheyenne and other Native American tribes. By 1860, treaties had assigned the Southern Cheyenne to a reservation north of the Arkansas River. The Cheyenne were no longer to live by hunting buffalo and the families were starving. The young warriors were forced to raid wagon trains in order to provide needed food for the people. In retaliation the US government sent soldiers to prevent further raids. The military killed hundreds of Cheyenne men, women, and children. The Northern Cheyenne in Wyoming faced similar events as military forces and treaties tried to force them to live on a reservation. In an alliance with the Sioux, the Cheyenne successfully defeated General Custer and US soldiers at the Little Bighorn in 1876. Despite this victory, the Cheyenne eventually had to surrender and ended up on reservations in Montana and Oklahoma. Today the Cheyenne living on reservations and in US cities are employed in various professions. Throughout this 32-page picture book there are watercolour illustrations, a map, an index, and various quotes by Cheyenne leaders. The series presents a good introduction to various Native American tribes from a Native American writer's perspective.