"The best modern work of Indian literature, a rough-edged, brilliant, diamond of a book. . . . He introduces us, story by story, to people who by the strokes of his depiction elicit our concern and love. Then, in a stirring recreation of ritual activity, he binds them together as a community. And then, without the slightest hint of self-pity, he demonstrates the effects of American ways on this community of beloved people."—Cross Currents
"Unusual and appealing tales of life on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in New York State from the late Thirties through the early Fifties. . . . These are warm, affectionate stories of real people and events; Williams is a fine storyteller and has given us a unique piece of Americana."—Publishers Weekly
"Not only a skilled storyteller but also an accomplished artist. . . . The Reservation brings an important new dimension to Tuscarora studies."—The Journal of Ethnic Studies
"Williams deserves an audience that will meditate on his message that those who can truly laugh can endure."—Book Forum
"Williams' style moves easily and frequently between the poetic, inspired, compelling narrative and earthy, ribald colloquial. A vein of humor runs through it all so that the reader finds himself smiling, chuckling, and at times laughing aloud. . . . [The book] will serve to help us to understand and appreciate reservation life, at Tuscarora and elsewhere."—Ethnohistory
The son of a Turtle Clan sachem chief and respected medicine man, Ted Williams grew up on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation near Niagara Falls, New York, in the 1930s and 1940s.
Series: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors
6 x 9, 275 pages, 24 black and white illustrations