I was reading Vine Deloria, Jr.'s Red Earth, White Lies
. It's surprising how this guy can mix in incredibly insightful analysis in one sentence, and absolute utter garbage in the next. Anyway, I read the part about Chief Joseph, when he surrendered, giving General Miles a tablet he was wearing around his neck as a gift. Chief Joseph said the tablet had been in his family for generations. When examined, it was found out that it was actually a 3,000 year old Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet that detailed the sale of a goat.
Turns out the story about the tablet was actually true, the tablet does exist, and is at West Point. I was wondering if there was anyone who knew of any information on where this tablet actually came from? I assume Chief Joseph was given it by the missionaries that he was so close to, but I wondered if anyone knew of any sources on how Chief Joseph actually acquired the tablet? I am doing a discussion panel on Vine Deloria, Jr., and would like to point out how nonsensical some of his assumptions are.