Day/Time - Tuesday 1:30 - 3:30 pm;
Dates - October 3 - November 14
Location - Jane Borg's condominium
445 Ave. G #301, Seaside
Please call Jane Borg (503-717-5282)
or Sue Zerangue (503-338-0313) for directions.
The book for this course is Running Eagle, the Warrior Girl
You are invited to our Tuesday afternoon StoryTime, in Jane Borg's lovely Seaside condominium (elevator equipped).
We'll listen to the historical legend of Otaki, her girlhood name, later known as Running Eagle,
indicating warrior status, unique among the women of her Blackfeet tribe. Her story, as told by
an old frontiersman, James Willard Schultz, is a stark, enchanting tale of a girl who was "different"
from other young women. She demanded the duties and privileges of boys. Her father, Chief White
Plume, made sure they were hers, though many tribal customs were ignored along the way.
Generously larded with anthropological insight from a tribal perspective - Schultz being a
"squaw-man" most of his adult life - we are given much to mull over in our discussion at the
end of each class. Additional handouts provided.
Sue says: "I've read 19 of Schultz's 30-something volumes, all that Kindle provides... originally written for
the youth market of the early 1900s, modern publishing methods have now resurrected them for a wider
audience. I've enjoyed every one of these tribal stories, but Otaki impressed me greatly with her
Jane Eyre humility and virtue, yet she also possessed Joan of Arc's passion and courage. We can
imagine together what life might have been like in the long ago... when buffalo roamed."
Sue expects to have some copies of this book available on the first day of class. She thinks each is
printed separately: there's no pagination, table of contents, or printing on the back & spine, but
a good-sized font makes reading easy. $10 each if you get one from Sue; if you order yours from Amazon
it will cost $15; or purchase it for $1.99 on your Kindle.