Viet Cong at Wounded Knee: The Trail of a Blackfeet Activist (American Indian Lives)

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It was at Wounded Knee, huddled under a night sky lit by military flares and the searchlights of armored personnel carriers, that Vietnam vet Woody Kipp realized that he, as an American Indian, had become the enemy, the Viet Cong, to a country that he had defended at the risk of his life. With candor, bitter humor, and biting insight, this book tells the story of the long and tortuous trail that led Kipp from the Blackfeet Reservation of his birth to a terrible moment of reckoning on the plains of South Dakota. Kipp’s is a story of Native values and practices uneasily intersected by cowboy culture, teenage angst, and quintessentially American temptations and excesses. As a boy, Kipp was a passionate reader and basketball player, always ready to brawl and already struggling with discrimination and alcoholism in his teens. From his tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine to his troubled return, from his hell-raising as a violent, womanizing, hard-drinking horse breaker to his consciousness-raising experiences as a college student and foot soldier in the American Indian Movement, Kipp’s memoir offers a unique, firsthand view of the enduring power—and the vulnerability—of Blackfeet culture, of the difficulties inherent in cross-cultural understanding, and of the urgent necessity of overcoming these difficulties if the essential heritage of Native America is to survive.

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Woody Kipp is an English instructor at Blackfeet Community College on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.

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Kipp, who hails from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in upper Montana, describes his path from belligerent cowboy to thoughtful leader in this slim, straightforward autobiography. Kipp's journey was far from smooth. He meandered through years of hard drinking, womanizing, an extended Marine tour in Vietnam, and finally, the 1973 standoff at Wounded Knee. Beyond the reservation, Kipp discovered an entrenched racism and cultural misunderstanding between the white and Native American worlds he moved between. In a bunker with bullets whizzing a few inches from his head, he writes, "I realized the United States military was looking for me with those flares. I was the gook now." His identification with the Viet Cong launched him on a path that ultimately led back to the Blackfeet reservation, this time as an English teacher at the community college and a student of the dying "old ways." Kipp reveals the desperation of those on the reservation and looks critically at endemic problems like alcoholism. "Sadness and depression have become so commonplace that the people growing up today don't know there was a time when reservation life wasn't like that," he says. "We weep and don't know what to do to save our children..." Kipp's alternately combative and discerning prose touches on the wisdom and weaknesses of the beleaguered Blackfeet people, calling readers to value this rich thread of Native American culture. Photos.
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