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John Pihach (Reading and Signing)

Thursday Apr 27 2017 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove

John Pihach

Mudeater: An American Buffalo Hunter and the Surrender of Louis Riel

Born the son of a Wyandot Chief in Kansas in 1849, Irvin Mudeater was one of the last great frontiersmen of the old American West. Hired to run wagon trains heading to Santa Fe, he fought off “Indian attacks,” was caught up in the Civil War, drove a stagecoach, and lived the life of a plainsman on the lawless frontier. Most of all, he was a buffalo hunter―killing as many as 126 in one day.

In 1882, Mudeater moved to Canada, adopted the name Robert Armstrong, and portrayed himself as white. He came into the service of General Middleton, and, shortly after the fall of Batoche, played the lead role in bringing the fugitive Métis leader, Louis Riel, into custody.

Join author John D. Pihach as he relates how he discovered Armstrong’s/Mudeater’s memoir and what prompted him to write the life story of this unusual man. He will take us into a former era by reading from the memoir some of the sensational incidents in Mudeater’s life. Special guest Trevor Wheeler, Mudeater's great-grandson, will also be attending.

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Mudeater

- Trade paperback

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"A really interesting read." Keith Carlson, author of The Power of Place, The Problem of Time Born the son of a Wyandot Chief in Kansas in 1849, Irvin Mudeater was one of the last great frontiersmen of the American West. Hired to run wagon trains to Santa Fe, Mudeater fought off "Indian attacks," was caught up in the Civil War, drove a stagecoach, and lived as a plainsman on the lawless frontier. Most of all, he was a buffalo hunter--killing 126 head in just one day. In 1882, Mudeater moved to Canada, adopted the name Robert Armstrong, and portrayed himself as white. Shortly after the fall of Batoche, he played the lead role in bringing the fugitive Metis leader, Louis Riel, into custody. John D. Pihach attempts to resolve the opposing stories of Riel's surrender/capture, scrutinizes the sensational incidents in Armstrong/Mudeater's life, and, with the inclusion of Mudeater's unpublished memoir, allows this consummate storyteller to speak in his own voice.