Books That Inspire 2003


 
The Legend of John Stink
Kenneth Jacob Jump


My relative Kenneth Jacob Jump published this book in 1977. It is the definitive account of the life of Ho-Tah-Moie, or Roaring Thunder, which is the Osage name of the man who came to be known as John Stink. Not long after oil brought unprecedented wealth to the Osages in the first part of the 20th century, Roaring Thunder turned his back on modern conveniences and lived the last two decades of his life at rustic campsites.

Jump wrote and published this and his other books so that people might know the Osage side of history. I sometimes stay in the garage apartment where Jump lived and wrote, a space that inspires me in my own writing.
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Robert Warrior
Associate Professor
Native American Studies