Elijah Nicholas Wilson
Elijah Nicholas Wilson (April 8, 1842 - December 26, 1915) was known as "Yagaiki" when among the Shoshones, and in his later years as "Uncle Nick" when entertaining young children with his adventurous exploits. He was a Mormon American pioneer, childhood runaway, "adopted" brother of Shoshone Chief Washakie, Pony Express rider for the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company, stagecoach driver for Ben Holloday's Overland Stage, blacksmith, prison guard, farmer, Mormon bishop, prison inmate (unlawful cohabitation), carpenter/cabinet maker, fiddler, trader, trapper, and "frontier doctor" (diphtheria and smallpox).
Wilson is remembered today due to the publication of derivative works based upon, and later-day republications of, his 1910 autobiography entitled Among the Shoshones, such as The White Indian Boy: The Story of Uncle Nick Among the Shoshones (a volume of the World Book Company's In Pioneer Life Series), The White Indian Boy, and its sequel The Return of the White Indian. He founded Wilson, Wyoming. His life was highlighted in the 2000 movie Wind River.
- Wilson, Elijah Nicholas "UNCLE NICK". Among the Shoshones. Salt Lake City: Skelton, 1910. Library of Congress Control Number 10002970
- E.N. Wilson. The White Indian Boy: The Story of Uncle Nick Among the Shoshones. In Pioneer Life Series. Ed. Howard R. Driggs. Ill. F. N. Wilson. Yonkers-on-Hudson, NY: World Book Company, 1919. Library of Congress Control Number 19019487
- Elijah Nicholas Wilson and Charles Alma Wilson. The White Indian Boy; and its Sequel, The Return of the White Indian. Rapid City, SD: Fenske Printing, Inc., 1985. Library of Congress Control Number 86127837
- Wind River. Dir. Tom Shell. Perfs. Blake Heron, A Martinez, Karen Allen, Russell Means, Tim Griffin, Patricia Van Ingen, Devon Gummersall, Wes Studi. 2000. DVD. Lions Gate Entertainment, 2001.
- Wind River on IMDb
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