The Unquiet Men by Anthony Esolen

The Unquiet Men

Anthony Esolen on Those Who Are Leaving the Reservation

You speak to the white man,” says the Indian chief, his countenance scarred with age and battle. “You tell them, Big McLintock.”

The broad-shouldered rancher (John Wayne) and the Apaches are standing in front of a covered stage, where the dignitaries of the territory are meeting to round up these last Indian braves and take them to the reservation that the federal government has kindly provided for them. The Apaches are beaten, and know it. The world they loved is gone forever. There will be no war-joy, and no roaming freely across the plains with their women and children, in pursuit of the deer and the buffalo.

That taming . . .