Cheewa James, a direct Modoc descendant, offers an explosive and personal story of her ancestry-a richly documented, non-fiction narrative with high-energy, fictionalized inserts. This book is the most comprehensive ever written about this remarkable tribe, covering Modoc history from ancestral times to the present. It includes rare photographs, both black & white and color, never before published. Were it not for Custer's Little Bighorn Battle, the Modoc War would probably be remembered as America's most significant Indian confrontation. One of the most costly Indian wars ever fought, the six-month Modoc War pitted some 55 warriors against 1,000 soldiers. The jagged, hostile terrain-today's Lava Beds National Monument-was the scene of a war like none other. Newly revealed evidence awaits readers' eyes and judgment as to why the 1873 California/Oregon Modoc War started. For over 130 years, the voices of two soldiers were locked away in letters in relatives' trunks. Now they speak out. As prisoners of war, the exiled Modocs in Oklahoma survived an enemy whose weapons were more lethal than guns. Book jacket.