Nebraska Authors

Norman A. Peirce

Born 1921-02-13 Red Cloud, NE (USA)

Died 2010-09-26
Red Cloud, NE (USA)

Red Cloud Cemetery, Red Cloud, NE (USA)

The passage of time has made certain genres of literature appear strange to later generations. Norman A. Pierce's "The White Man Cometh!" begins with a paean to the interesting sights of Red Cloud, Nebraska. It repeats thereafter, in much abbreviated form, the biblical story of Genesis. It continues with a story told in the fictional voice of a Sioux tribesman who witnesses the tribulations of his people with the coming of the white man. The story as told is dedicated to the greatness of Chief Red Cloud, and adopts a somewhat obsessive attitude to the question of whether an Indian Princess, Blue Cloud, the daughter of Red Cloud, is buried on a bluff outside the town. The white author's attempt to narrate a story from the Indian perspective seems well-meant, but the story offers up detailed versions of events without much evidence, and touches on matters which it may seem inappropriate to fictionalize.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Red Cloud, Nebraska; Red Cloud (Sioux); Webster County, Nebraska; Tourist Literature


Graduated, 1940, Red Cloud High School, Red Cloud, NE

Places Worked

United States Army: 1943-1946
Valley Dairy
Red Cloud Public Schools


The White Man Cometh! 1957? In HR

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