INDIAN ANNIE: Kiowa Captive by Alice Marriott

INDIAN ANNIE: Kiowa Captive

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The author is an anthropologist who has worked with the Kiowa Indians and has written several informative books about Indians for children. In this book she has switched to a more romanticized viewpoint with unsatisfactory results. Life in the Indian tribe is investigated in scant detail, as the major emphasis is on individual personalities and the emotional problems involved in a 10-year-old southern girl's adjustment to the Kiowa life and her relationship with her new parents. Annie Donovan was carried away from her new home in Texas during a raid and was adopted. Annie came to love her new parents and eventually realized that she belonged with the Kiowa people and did not want to return home. This development even managed to affect her outlook on people in general, as she lost her ingrained resentment against the Yankees and their recent victory in the Civil War. Unfortunately the transition is much too superficial--""and then one day Annie realized that they had been living in this same place... for four years, and that she was fourteen years old."" Annie's romance with a young Kiowa man is also handled as a fait accompli. Her only introspection occurs, on an abstract plane, in her thee and thou conversations with a Quaker missionary who lives with the tribe.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1965
Publisher: McKay