Indian Oratory: Famous Speeches by Noted Indian Chieftains is a collection of notable speeches by historical leaders of twenty-two Native Nations. This volume published in 1971 added a new resource for those interested in quotable quotes of famous Native American leaders. Little written record of their oratory exists, although leaders made use of public address. Some of the early white men who traveled and lived among the Nations left transcriptions of tribal council meetings and speeches, and other orations were translated at treaty council meetings with delegates of the United States government. From these scattered reports and the few other existing sources this book presents a reconstruction of contemporary thought of the leading men of many Nations. Chronologically, the selections range from the days of early contact with the whites in the 1750's to a speech by Quanah Parker in 1910. Several of the orations were delivered at the famous Medicine Lodge Council in 1867.