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Native in a Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout

December 10, 2016

Mike Burns lived a long life in two worlds. Born in about 1862 into the Kwevkepaya (Yavapai) people, he was taken prisoner by U.S. soldiers after his family was massacred at a place called Skeleton Cave. He lived for years as something between a captive and a servant until joining the Indian Scouts, riding against Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn and Geronimo in the Apache Wars. Gregory McNamee, the editor of Burns’s memoir The Only One Living to Tell, recounts Burns’s life in the context of nineteenth-century Arizona history. A slide show accompanies this talk and that the host organization must provide a laptop, projector, and remote.

Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer, and publisher. He is the author of forty books and of more than five thousand articles and other publications. He is a contributing editor to the Encyclopædia Britannica, a research fellow at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and a lecturer in the Eller School of Management, also at the University of Arizona. For more about him, visit his web page at

Free event.

Funded poject of Arizona Humanities. Arizona Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Time: 2:00 pm to 3:29 pm

Contact: The Museum of Casa Grande Phone: (520) 836-2223
The Museum of Casa Grande
110 W. Florence Blvd.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
United States
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