Tuesday, February 14, 2017

One Thousand White Women

     Have you ever had a book confuse you and touch you deep down in your soul? When I was a child, I was hooked on Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. My mother would ask me, even before I was finished with a book, what the next one was. She kept me stocked in Little House books! I was fascinated by Wilder's depiction of the pioneer life and her father's drive to keep moving west. There are scenes in the books where the family encountered Native Americans. The scenes were scary to a child, but rather than be scared, I was fascinated.
     Even as an adult, I am still fascinated by our nation's first inhabitants. When I picked up the book, One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, I thought it would be a fun little read. Uh, no. No, it was not. Do you remember when the movie, The Blair Witch Project, was released? How many people thought it was a real documentary? That is how this book was. The story takes the perspective of a woman who agreed to be traded to a native tribe, written in the style of diary entries. At the end of this book, I found myself researching this human trade and I found discussions and debates on whether this was a real diary. As it turns out, the story was based on a native chief's real request, one that was turned down by the American government in real life, but accepted in the book.
     I read this story a few years ago and it struck such a chord with me, I still continue to think about the book now and then.
     I made this bracelet because, number one, I LOVE feathers! And, number two, I made it to help fill that empty spot in my heart when there is no sequel to dig into. I love to just read the words on the beads and trigger little memories of the story.

One Thousand White Women bracelet

One Thousand White Women bracelet

     Have you ever read a book that hits you right in the feels so badly that you don't know how to fix it? Tell me!

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