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The White Chief of Cache Creek
The White Chief of Cache Creek

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Author: Faith M. Martin; Charles R. McBurney
Publisher: Crown & Covenant Publications
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448 pp

Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: DS398

The White Chief of Cache Creek begins in 1889 when William Work Carithers leaves his comfortable home in western Pennsylvania to become a missionary to the Indians of southwestern Oklahoma. He has two well-defined goals in mind: he wants to bring Christianity to the Indians, and at the same time he wants to help them gain skills necessary to survive in the white culture that is about to envelop them. He is racing against the clock, because the US government has decided to open Indian reservations to white settlement.

His hopes are fulfilled to a remarkable degree. He establishes Cache Creek Mission in the center of the Kiowa–Comanche–Apache Reservation. Important Comanche Chiefs are converted, and the church grows in influence. Carithers is able to win the confidence of the Indians and government agents in time to play a significant role in the allotment of choice land around the mission. But, as it turns out, he has only twelve years before white settlement comes crashing into the reservation; its effect upon the Indian way of life is devastating.

Twelve years was too brief a time to accomplish all that he had dreamed, and at the end of his life, when the once successful mission begins to falter, we listen as Carithers assesses just what has been accomplished.

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5 of 5 The White Chief of Cache Creek December 1, 2020
Reviewer: JONATHAN M. WATT from BEAVER FALLS, PA United States  
At its core, missions involve crossing barriers of distance, culture or language in order to embody God’s love and truth – as Jesus did at the incarnation, and as others who walked in like manner did when they relocated to “Indian territory” in Oklahoma in the late nineteenth century. This meticulously researched account of those R.P. missionaries goes way beyond just telling a story, for Faith Martin’s and Charles McBurney’s investigation into more than a thousand letters of that period permits you to experience all that they lived and did. This story beckons you with an engrossing account of God’s tender reach toward indigenous Americans during a tumultuous juncture in the country’s history.

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