Conquering Horse

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Frederick Manfred's Conquering Horse is the first novel in a five-volume series he called "The Buckskin Man Tales." It tells a mythic story about Indian life on the Great Plains before the arrival of white people to the region. Academy Award winning film director Michael Cimino attempted to adapt Manfred's novel to film, but the project scrapped when his 1980 United Artists western film Heaven's Gate had become a critical and financial failure.