If you did not get to meet or hear Philip Burnham at The Gathering, check out his book "Dewey Beard, Last Survivor of Little Bighorn."
Beard was not only a witness to two major battles against the Lakota; he also traveled with William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West show, worked as a Hollywood Indian, and witnessed the grand transformation of the Black Hills into a tourism mecca. Beard spent most of his later life fighting to reclaim his homeland and acting as “old Dewey Beard,” a living relic of the “old West” for the tourists.
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Philip Burnham is a teacher and a free-lance journalist/historian based on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Burnham has published in American Heritage, The Washington Post, MHQ, Transition, Emerge, The Columbia Journalism Review, and Indian Country Today. He is currently a Term Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches beginning and advanced writing courses.
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