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Buffalo Dance (Hardback)

The Journey of York

P&S History > Humanities > Poetry

Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Series: Kentucky Voices
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780813196442
Published: 28th February 2023
Casemate UK Academic

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When Frank X Walker's compelling collection of personal poems was first released in 2004, it told the story of the infamous Lewis and Clark Expedition from the point of view of Clark's personal slave, York. The fictionalized poems in Buffalo Dance formed a narrative of York's inner and outer journey, before, during, and after the expedition – a journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the great northwest, from servant to soul yearning to be free.


In this updated edition, Walker utilizes a blend of extensive historical research, interviews, transcribed oral histories from the Nez Perce reservation, art, and empathy to breathe new life into an important but overlooked historical figure. Featuring a new introduction, preface, and sixteen additional poems, this powerful work speaks to such topics as race, literacy, slavery, and Native Americans, while reawakening and reclaiming the lost "voice" of York.

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