WHITE FALCON by Elliott Arnold


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Here is John Tanner's story again (an earlier one was Olive Knox's Black Falcon May 1955, reported P. 284)- this new one by the author of Blood Brother, a fictional biography of Cochise. The Arnold book is longer, more dramatic, and perhaps the more well-rounded and authentic account of the white boy who adopted an Indian life. Taken by the Ottawas as a youngsters, in the late 1770's, Tanner was allowed to live but grew up with several counts against him. Although he was a capable, adaptive boy, the more he tried to be Indian the more he was rejected for being white. Then Netnokwa, retiring chieftess of the tribe, adopted him and took him with her to live with the Chippewas. Life became socially easier and John's natural abilities made him a leader. There were rivalries, to be sure, both personal ones and those of the fur trading companies. But ultimately John made his name in helping Selkirk with the Red River settlement.

Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1955
Publisher: Knopf