LONG LANCE: THE VTRUE STORY OF AN MPOSTER
Donald B. Smith.
Volume 10 Number 4.
Somehow, stories of impostors have a sense of adventure and mystery that make them a fascinating read. The element of adventure pervades the identity assumed by impostors and their accomplishments, while the mystery is provided by the length of time that they can retain their masquerade.
The story of Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, whose real name was Sylvester Long, is more than the biography of an American impersonator whose tenure as a Canadian soldier and newspaper reporter in Calgary then led him to prominence as a lecturer and noted celebrity under the guise of an Indian chief. Underlying this facade is the story of the reasons Long Lance became an impostor, notably a racial problem, which, in the end, led significantly to his tragic demise.
The immense, documented research done by the author, an associate professor of history, has remarkably unravelled a tale that students in senior high schools will find appealing for its mystery, adventure, and especially its entertainment. Included are black-and-white photographs and an index. Recommended.
Frank Karas, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary, AB.
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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